The Light in Hidden Places
One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make...
It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio -- a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.
But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Izio's brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania's house for the German army.
With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.
Until, this book, I had only read one other book from this author. I could not stop reading Stefania, Helena, Max, and the others's stories as they survived the Germans. It is people like Stefania that are wiling to risk their lives for others that we should really appreciate freedom.
I highly recommend this book. It is one not to be missed. In fact, I would put this book in the same reading vein as The Hiding Place, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Book Thief. This book will last the test of times and be one that will have people talking about it for years and years to come.