Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

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$19.95  $18.55
Norton Young Readers
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9.3 X 12.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. Peter's books, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain were all named Caldecott Honor books by the American Library Association. The Wall was also awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal.

In addition, Peter Sís is the first children's book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. He was chosen to deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture for the Association for Library Service to Children. Peter won the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. This award is considered the most prestigious in international children's literature, given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People.

Peter Sís lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.
Captivating.... Sís takes great care, in this Holocaust tale about the horrific consequences of demonizing people who are different, to highlight the things we have in common.-- "New York Times Book Review"
This is a story about an unlikely hero, who quietly and modestly saved hundreds of children from the Nazis, and earned the eternal gratitude of those he managed to bring to Britain during the Second World War. It's a story that deserves to be told, and in Peter Sís he's found the perfect storyteller and illustrator. I read it with fascination and admiration for a man of great goodness and modesty.-- "Philip Pullman"
Peter Sís uses his unique genius to share with us the true story of a quiet hero whose message is especially important for today's world. The book works a kind of alchemy, with images that read like poetry and text that reads like a manifesto on goodness and decency. Together, the words and pictures are a love letter to humanity. Read it as soon as you can.-- "Brian Selznick"
An extraordinary life memorably and evocatively presented.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[A] deeply considered picture book biography.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Sís' latest reminds readers that real heroes are often quiet and unassuming.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Tenderly crafted, visually layered and deeply reverent-- "BookPage (starred review)"
Spectacularly imaginative and will make readers weep.-- "Sunday Times"
An exceptional story told with a powerful combination of words and pictures.-- "Horn Book Magazine (starred review)"
The text and the artwork demonstrate the power of one courageous individual who was determined to make a difference.-- "School Library Journal"