Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

From the Epilogue:
"...writer Joseph Campbell. I've never forgotten his definition of a hero.  Campbell said that a hero is an ordinary human being who does 'the best of things in the worst of times.' Oskar Schindler personifies that definition."

Wow!  I have never come across a truer or better definition of hero than this.  How timely to discover this during our summer reading program - where every hero has a story.

I highly recommend this title as it provides insight into the life of a young Jewish boy during World War II in Poland.  Leon provides great detail to the atrocities that he and many others faced and how Oskar Schindler played a vital role to his survival.  Often these events go untold and for Leon to share his memories shows his courage and true heroism. 

This title has also been nominated by teens in Iowa to be included in the 2015-2016 Iowa Teen Award.  Check it out today!