The Light in Hidden Places
DescriptionThe extraordinary story of Stefania Podgorska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by hiding thirteen Jews in her attic during WWII -- from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron.
One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make...
It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio -- a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.
But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Izio's brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania's house for the German army.
With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.
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About the AuthorSharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Indie Next Pick of the List selection, and its companion novel, The Knowing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at sharoncameronbooks.com.
Diverse, well-drawn characters abound, but in the riveting power struggles that ensue, women are dominant players, ruthless ideologues willing to sacrifice all that interferes with the goal. The intricately woven narrative threads come together in a suspenseful denouement sure to leave readers hoping for another installment. -- Kirkus Reviews
Wildly inventive yet somehow believable. . . . For all of its fantastical elements . . . this companion novel is ultimately a story about two teenagers, Samara and Beckett, finding their places in the world, managing familial and societal expectations, and falling in love. Cameron is a writer of prime caliber. -- School Library Journal
Praise for The Forgetting:
A #1 New York Times bestseller
An Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection
* Effective worldbuilding and strong characterization . . . A well-crafted fable for our time. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* This fantasy is a marvelous achievement. -- School Library Journal, starred review
[An] absorbing adventure. -- Publishers Weekly
The Forgetting is Sharon Cameron's fourth young adult novel, and she's grown adept at blurring the lines between fantasy, dystopian and science-fiction genres. Cameron reminds us, through Nadia's documented memories, that we must learn to appreciate the truth as much as question it, exploring the morality tucked within the fallacy of memory. -- Bookpage, Top Pick
Praise for Rook:
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
An Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selection
Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award
The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama. -- Romantic Times
Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing. -- Kirkus Reviews
Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember. -- Portland Book Review
Praise for The Dark Unwinding:
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative. -- USA Today
Haunting thrills unfurl. -- Entertainment Weekly
Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape. -- Publishers Weekly
[A] singularly polished piece. -- The Horn Book
A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner. -- Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied
Praise for A Spark Unseen:
Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure. -- Kirkus Reviews