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Johanna Reiss

Autor/a de The Upstairs Room

4 obres 2,590 Membres 33 Ressenyes

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Obres de Johanna Reiss

The Upstairs Room (1972) 2,225 exemplars
The Journey Back (1976) 325 exemplars
The Flood (1988) 2 exemplars

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Data de naixement
1932-04-04
Gènere
female
Nacionalitat
Netherlands
USA
Lloc de naixement
Winterswijk, Netherlands
Llocs de residència
New York, New York, USA
Professions
teacher (Elementary or Primary school)
novelist
memoirist
Holocaust survivor
public speaker
Biografia breu
Johanna Reiss, née "Annie" de Leeuw, was born to a Jewish family in Winterswijk, The Netherlands. She and her older sister survived the Holocaust by being hidden for nearly three years in the tiny attic of a farmhouse in the rural village of Usselo by farmer Johan Oosterveld and his family. After World War II, she became an elementary school teacher. She emigrated in the early 1950s to the USA, where she married Jim Reiss, with whom she would have two children. On his urging, she wrote the now-classic young adult novel, The Upstairs Room (1972), based on her personal experiences. It won her numerous awards and she produced a sequel, The Journey Back (1976), which described her family's return to their home and attempts to rebuild their lives after the war.

In a memoir written for adults, A Hidden Life (2009), she confronted memories of childhood as well as her husband's suicide at age 37. An active public speaker, she visits schools to talk to students about the times she lived through.

Membres

Ressenyes

Independent Reading Level: 4-6
Awards: John Newbery Medal (1973)
 
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Mgtyre | Hi ha 28 ressenyes més | Dec 7, 2022 |
Memoir by a young Jewish girl of being hidden from the Nazis during World War II. The more I read the more I appreciated this story, and felt it should be required reading by adolescents. Nothing graphic, but violence is mentioned in passing, such as knowing that relatives getting on the trains to work camps will never come back.
½
 
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fuzzi | Hi ha 28 ressenyes més | Apr 12, 2022 |
Review later. Emotionally powerful and heart-breaking story, especially for someone who has read The Upstairs Room, the first book by Johanna Reiss which tells the story of her hiding as a Jewish child during WWII in Holland.
 
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LuanneCastle | Mar 5, 2022 |
From the first time I read the book (and I’ve read it many times), I bonded closely with Annie, the first person narrator. The story begins in 1938 when the protagonist Annie de Leeuw (Johanna’s name as a child) is six years old and just beginning to hear about the problems that Hitler is bringing to her world.

Four years later, in late summer 1942, Annie and her older sister Sini go into hiding with a non-Jewish Dutch family, the Oostervelds. Annie and Sini are cared for by Dientje, Opoe, and particularly by Johan Oosterveld, who is a loving man of strong character. Their father and oldest sister Rachel hide elsewhere during the war. Their mother died in the hospital of kidney disease just after they went into hiding.

The girls live in an upstairs room (hence, the title), but they have to crawl into the back of a closet when anyone else comes near the house. Imagine what happens when the Nazis decide to make the house their headquarters . . . .

This book is for 5th to 8th graders, but a good reader that is mature could read it when a little younger. And you can’t be too old for this book.
… (més)
 
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LuanneCastle | Hi ha 28 ressenyes més | Mar 5, 2022 |

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Obres
4
Membres
2,590
Popularitat
#9,921
Valoració
½ 3.6
Ressenyes
33
ISBN
76
Llengües
5

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