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)


I found it very interesting to learn the process of how she wrote the book and I think it will help me with my future writing experiences. -Emily It was fascinating to see how the daughter of a Holocaust survivor cared so deeply to write a book about how her mother had faith and courage … Continue reading Students — Ellington Middle School

Students — Ellington Middle School

“Excellent presentation that demonstrated how to conduct a historical investigation using primary and secondary sources.  Detailed a step-by-step process of research.  Showed that hard work paid off with a novel she is obviously proud of!”

Glenn Anderson – grade 7 Language Arts Teacher — Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School