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Daughter of Light
Daughter of Light
 
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Gr 3-6-Nine-year-old Ria and her family struggle for survival in 1944 in Nazi-occupied Holland. By this time, Jews have been taken from their homes and sent to Poland or Germany, including Ria's friend Rachel. The winter is particularly harsh and German soldiers have confiscated all of the fuel and cut electricity. Ria's father, refusing to work in a German artillery factory, is in hiding and her mother is due to give birth to her third child. The family is desperate with cold and fear: how can a baby be born without light and warmth? Determined to help her mother, Ria petitions the mayor for electricity. Soldiers surround city hall but she makes her way inside to the man, thought to be a Nazi sympathizer, with help from her friend Bram. Softened by the child's request, he promises to help. Her trip is not without consequence however, as she loses Rachel's locket and Bram is captured. In the end, Ria is baffled by this man who did not stop the Germans from marching into town, but who helped her family and gave them light. While readers may have a difficult time with some of the German and Dutch words and names, the story is strong. Through her young heroine, Attema asks a timeless question of why some are singled out for hate and discrimination, and often death.

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