Title: Children of the Stars
Author: Mario Escobar
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
From international bestseller Mario Escobar comes a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War.
Jacob and Moses Stein live with their aunt in Paris until the great raid against foreign Jews is unleashed in August 1942. Their parents, well-known German playwrights, have been hiding in France, but before their aunt manages to send them south, the gendarmes stop the boys and take them to the Velodromo de Invierno, where more than 4,000 children, 5,000 women, and 3,000 men had to subsist without food or water. Jacob and Moses manage to flee, but the road will not be safe or easy. This novel by internationally bestselling author Mario Escobar follows two brave young Jewish boys as they seek refuge in the French town of Le-Chambon-sur-Lignon and eventually Argentina.
Children of the Stars is a must-read historical fiction that told the story of two young Jewish boys fleeing and seeking refuge during WWII. Although the characters are fictional, it was easy to connect with this story. It is heartbreaking and hopeful read.
I think that any book that focuses on WWII and the time of the Holocaust is poignant because of how many families, children, and loved ones were lost. I thought Mario Escobar did a fantastic job of creating a story that felt authentic. I felt for these two boys the entire way.
I think the journey that Moses and Jacob were on was tragic yet promising. Mario Escobar highlighted the inner strength these boys had to have to survive. I felt their urgency, triumphs, and pain.
I give Children of the Stars 4 stars. It’s an emotional historical fiction with a touching story about perseverance even in the toughest of times. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
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