Discussion Questions & Activities

Some of the questions will be spoilers if you haven’t read the book up to that chapter yet. DO NOT READ THE QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU READ THE CHAPTER unless you don’t care about suspense or surprises.


Discussion questions and activities are loosely based on the Understanding by Design Framework of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. As evidence that it really is a small world, when I was in high school I took a class taught by Grant Wiggins.


Book as a Whole

Amsterdam Section (chapters 1-16)

Westerbork Section (chapters 17-28)

Thereisenstadt Section (chapters 29-39)

Liberation/Repatriation Section (chapters 40-49)


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8th grade student — Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School

* This was an amazing opportunity for students to connect literature and history in a rich, meaningful way. * Heidi and her mother gave a stirring, emotionally engaging presentation, and our students were riveted!

Amy Ma — Upper School English teacher — Renbrook School