Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Age Range: 14 and up
The Light in Hidden Places is based on a true story in World War II about a 16-year-old Catholic girl, Stefania Podgórska. For the past four years, she has been working at the Jewish Diamant family grocery store. She is even engaged to one of the sons secretly. Stefania Is happy with her life until the day the Germans invade. The Diamants are forced to live in a ghetto, and Stefania is left alone to care for herself and her six-year-old sister. Stefania has been secretly helping the Diamant family by sneaking them food in the ghetto. Then one night, one of their sons, Max, shows up at her doorstep looking for a place to hide. Throughout the war, Stefania takes 12 more Jews to hide in her attic while living with two German nurses.
I thought that this book was so incredible, especially since it was a true story!!! Everything that Stefania does for herself, her sister, the Diamants, and other Jews is so amazingly courageous. This book inspires me to stand up for myself and those around me. The Light in Hidden Places was well written, and it kept me entertained the whole time, but it was kind of long. Even if you are not into World War II books, I would recommend that you read it anyway! There looks like a lot in my things to mention, but I thought it was pretty good and clean when I was reading the book compared to others. On my blog, I try to have only clean and good books, so there's nothing on here that I thought was bad enough not to read. The Light In Hidden Places might be too much for some people, but most 14-year-olds can handle it.
Things to mention: Nazis brutally murder the Jews, and many of Stefanias friends are killed. Stefania is always afraid for her life, and she has to kiss some German soldiers to save her life. And another German soldier tries to get Stefania drunk and in his room but fails. Nazi nurses that live with Stefania have boyfriends who stay overnight. Stefania is tricked into being a german medical experiment. A helpful neighbor who won't go away offers folk remedies for terminating Stefanias made up on the spot pregnancy. Some people curse in Yiddish. There are some other minor violence and some smoking.
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