T4

It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family’s door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547348520

  • ISBN-10: 0547348525

  • Pages: 112

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 09/22/2008

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

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Ann Clare LeZotte

Ann Clare LeZotte is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she has had her poems published in the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, and the Threepenny Review. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. She is completely deaf.
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  • reviews

    "This free verse historical-fiction account is as gripping and moving as any Holocaust story and would be a rich addition to any World War II study."—Winston Salem Journal

    "A gentle retelling of a horrific situation. . . . A great addition to the cannon of WWII YA literature, helping readers to understand how being different at this time was a dangerous thing."—KLIATT

    "In her powerful debut novel, LeZotte, who is deaf, tells the story from the viewpoint of one young girl, who speaks in spare, lyrical, intense free verse that blends her personal experience with the historical facts and an additional adult perspective that looks back."—Booklist

    "LeZotte’s use of free verse offers a lyrical, flowing story of yet another aspect of this historic tragedy. As a deaf person herself, she is able to delve deep into the main character’s feelings as a disabled person, adding another layer to this moving account."—Advocate News, Baton Rouge, Lousiana

    "This short yet stirring read accompanied by additional notes at the back of the book would be a rich addition to any Holocaust study unit."--Jewish Book World

    "T4 exposes the darkness of the time while capturing the wonder and hope of one girl's survival."—About Our Children

    "I found that I couldn't put this book down. It was so amazing. . . [it’s] really rich in detail and is a great story."—FlamingNet.com, student review

    "A poetic book that simply and powerfully examines the injustices of the Nazis during World War II."—Holly Newton, Newton's Book Notes

  • excerpts

    1.

    Hear the Voice of the Poet

    Hear the voice of the poet!

    I see the past, future, and present.

    I am Deaf, but I have heard

    The beauty of song

    And I wish to share it with

    Young readers.

    A poem can be simple,

    About a cat or a red

    Wheelbarrow.

    Or it can illuminate the lives

    Of people who lived, loved,

    And died. You can make

    People think or feel

    For other people, if you

    Write poetry. In T4, the facts

    About history are true, and

    My characters tell the story.

    2.

    I was born

    In a little house

    On a street

    With tall poplar trees.

    I could see

    Bluish hills

    In the distance.

    That was my home.

    But my country,

    Germany,

    Was not my home.

    Our leader,

    Adolf Hitler,

    And the Nazi Party

    Hated

    People like me.

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547348520

  • ISBN-10: 0547348525

  • Pages: 112

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 09/22/2008

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

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