Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Her days are filled with art and ballet. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily's life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.
Escaping the Nazis is only the start of Lily's journey. She must escape many more times--from servitude, hardship, and danger. Will she find a way to have her own sort of revenge on the Nazis? Follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.
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"Renowned comics historian Robbins pens this biography of Lily Renée, an artist who was one of only a few women to work in the comic book industry in the 1940s." --Publishers Weekly-- (10/2/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"This is a book about determination, hardship, and overcoming adversity. There aren't many Holocaust-themed books that have a happy ending, which makes this one all the more pleasurable to read." --Jewish Book World-- (3/1/2012 12:00:00 AM)
"This is a smart little biography that will appeal to history buffs, comic book fans and anyone who likes a gutsy, pioneering heroine." --The New York Times Book Review-- (12/18/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"A distinctive and useful visual portrayal of an inspirational true story, this graphic novel offers a great deal as an educational tool." --VOYA-- (12/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"Like the comic books that Lily Renée Wilheim drew in the 1940s as a pioneer woman in a male-dominated industry, this biography is a tale of peril and suspense." --School Library Journal-- (11/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"With this graphic biography, Robbins, who has worked hard to bring attention to women cartoonists, offers a Holocaust survivor story that few will find familiar." --Booklist-- (10/15/2011 12:00:00 AM)
"This comic-book biography of a Jewish girl's life under the Nazi jackboot and then as a refugee is low key and that much more profound for it. The panels are brightly lit, and the narrative is crisp, both of which serve to chillingly amplify the everyday banality of evil.... A fitting tribute." --Kirkus Reviews-- (10/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)