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After the war
Matas, Carol, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Scholastic Canada, [1996]

Physical Description:
116 pages : map ; 22 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 5.0 17801.
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X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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After World War II, Ruth, a fifteen-year-old survivor of Buchenwald, tries to return home.

Author Notes

Writer Carol Matas was born in Canada in 1949.

Matas was an actress and currently teaches writing.

Matas is best known for her historical adventures. These often feature young people caught up in the world's problems. "Daniel's Story," about a young Jewish boy in Nazi Germany, was short-listed for the 1993 Governor General's Award and the 1994 Ruth Schwartz Award and won the Silver Birch Award. Lisa won the Geoffrey Bilson Award and was a New York Times Book Review Notable of 1989.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10‘Matas's historical novel shows that the persecution of Europe's Jewish population did not end with their liberation from the Nazi death camps. She tells the story of Ruth, 15, who makes her way back from Buchenwald to her Polish homeland to discover that Jews are still viewed by others with suspicion and hatred. Desperate and alone, she meets Saul, who persuades her to join a group of refugees planning to emigrate to Palestine. Historically, the book is accurate and references to actual events are interwoven neatly into the narrative. The author does oversimplify the position of the British and their decision to stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and this is a definite weakness. Nonetheless, the story is strong and compelling and the use of descriptive language creates a mood of desperation and hope combined with a commitment to survival. The use of flashbacks is effective and serves to sustain the mood as well as add depth to Ruth's character. After the War is a thought-provoking novel that offers great insight into the current problems in the Middle East and the passion with which the Jewish people will fight to protect what they perceive to be rightfully theirs.‘Robyn Nicoline Ryan, Otterville Public School, Ontario (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.