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The Resource Seeking refuge : a graphic novel, Irene N. Watts ; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker

Seeking refuge : a graphic novel, Irene N. Watts ; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker

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Seeking refuge : a graphic novel
Title
Seeking refuge
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a graphic novel
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Irene N. Watts ; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
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eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Marianne is fortunate. She's one of the first two hundred Jewish children on the heroic rescue operation known as the Kindertransport, which arrived in London, England in December, 1938. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939 Marianne finds herself being evacuated to Wales. She is shuffled from one unsuitable home to another, but there is a surprise in store and Marianne's courage and resilience is finally rewarded
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  • Grades 4-7 This beautifully rendered graphic novel tells the story of Marianne, an elementary-age Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. She escapes to the relative safety of Britain on a kindertransporte, ending up in the Welsh countryside before the London Blitz. Marianne never gives up hope that she will be reunited with her parents. She writes them religiously and hangs on every word of incoming post from Germany. The sketchy, dark pencil artwork elevates the sense of dystopia that Marianne feels as she floats from one foster home to the next. Although the story addresses heavy elements of history (the Holocaust, systemic anti-­Semitism, the separation of displaced families), it maintains an optimistic tone throughout. Marianne is a resilient and forgiving young woman. She sees past the faults and judgments of her foster families, focusing rather on her gratitude for their willingness to shelter her. This would make a gentle, highly visual addition to Holocaust curricula, or it could be an excellent tool for introducing xenophobia and refugee crises to upper-elementary and middle-grade readers. -- Eathorne, Courtney (Reviewed 3/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 14, p36)
  • Gr 5–8—This follow-up to Watts's Good-bye Marianne is a fictionalized account inspired by the author's real-life experience with the Kindertransport, a heroic rescue operation that brought Jewish children to Great Britain prior to World War II. Eleven-year-old Marianne flees Austria, arriving in London in December 1938. Though she trusts her family's decision to send her away to safety, it doesn't make the process any less painful as she struggles to adjust to a new country and sponsors who never seem pleased with her. Cold Aunt Vera treats Marianne more like hired help than a guest, while Auntie Vi is overprotective and views her as a replacement for the daughter she recently lost. Her days pass in confusion, hurt, and sadness. Black-and-white pencil sketches reflect a mood of loneliness and the bleakness of the time period. With about six panels per page, it can be difficult to discern the action, given that the sketches are shadowy and individual features are very small and similar. The glossary, which defines terms associated with the Nazi Party and Welsh phrases that appear in text when Marianne must flee London late in the book, does a great job of explaining terms at an age-appropriate level without shying away from harsh truths. Though the conclusion may feel abrupt, middle grade readers will appreciate the happy ending. VERDICT A first purchase for collections that own Good-Bye Marianne and for libraries looking to expand their offerings on the experiences of refugees.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH --Samantha Lumetta (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p134)
  • Shoemaker’s quiet, silvery-penciled panels soften this Holocaust narrative, a companion to Good-bye Marianne (2008). Eleven-year-old Marianne Kohn arrives in Great Britain with the Kindertransport, a rescue that shipped Jewish children out of Germany before the outbreak of WWII. Memories and nightmares of escalating hate under the Third Reich persist as she makes her way in a country that isn’t entirely happy to have her. Her first foster mother, counting on free domestic help, cares only for appearances: “You have shamed me in front of everyone,” she tells Marianne after the girl buys a pair of used shoes. Evacuated to rural Wales after the war begins (Shoemaker’s maps help readers track the shifting locales), Marianne encounters outright bigotry (“Christ killer!” “Dirty spy!”), then stays with a couple whose own daughter has died, and who attempt, creepily, to remake Marianne into her image. Yet throughout, Marianne finds allies who guard, help, and advocate for her, and she is herself resourceful and brave. Miraculously, Marianne and her mother are reunited in the end. Though Holocaust stories are by definition horrifying, this one offers some hope. Ages 8–11. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/16/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ An 11-year-old Jewish girl travels alone from Berlin to Great Britain in the Kindertransport of 1938.In a follow-up to Good-bye Marianne (1998), Watts and Shoemaker continue their adaptation of Watts' 2000 novel, Remember Me. On the cover, a girl sits forlornly on a suitcase under the bold black title against a background of Nazi red. Endpapers offer a hopeful hint of her mother's soft embrace as she looks at the starry night sky. Sandwiched in between is a straightforward, first-person telling of Marianne Kohn's story as she holds out hope of a reunion with her parents. Author and illustrator show their collaborative finesse in a wonderfully rendered marriage between text and art. Nine chapters shape Marianne's journey, each beginning with a map on a stark black page that seems to loom over a year of wartime bleakness. Marianne is in the dark about her future, literally and figuratively. Fuzzily drawn, gray-toned panels make her fear and loneliness palpable. She's billeted in one unhappy situation after another in London and Wales, often with sponsors scornful of refugees. She's renamed by one woman who "wants me to call her ‘Mother' and turn me into her dead child." Thought bubbles clearly convey Marianne's deepest concerns while she stumbles through conversations in English. A book that invites close reading, this will spark interest in the plight of all refugees. (glossary) (Graphic historical fiction. 10-16)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
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10556856
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1931-
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Watts, Irene N.
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
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Shoemaker, Kathryn E.
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True
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Kindertransports (Rescue operations)
  • Kindertransports (Rescue operations)
  • Jewish girls
  • Jewish girls
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Seeking refuge : a graphic novel, Irene N. Watts ; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"Based on Remember Me a novel by Irene N. Watts, published by Tundra Books 2000"--Copyright page
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
134 pages
Isbn
9781926890029
Isbn Type
(paperback)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
Stock number
BRO-adap20170426-078
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn942839870
  • (OCoLC)942839870
  • 463303
  • 469388
  • 469388
Label
Seeking refuge : a graphic novel, Irene N. Watts ; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Based on Remember Me a novel by Irene N. Watts, published by Tundra Books 2000"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
134 pages
Isbn
9781926890029
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
BRO-adap20170426-078
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn942839870
  • (OCoLC)942839870
  • 463303
  • 469388
  • 469388

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