"Michael Rosen is a master of pace and clarity.... Essential reading." (The Times, Children’s Book of the Week)
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children’s authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who 'went missing' during the Second World War - told through prose and poetry.
When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after.
Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since.
Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely listenable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.
Supported and checked by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.
Really accessible but still so moving
I had part of this audiobook playing in the car and was crying at one point. Really important for kids to know the story of the Holocaust and it’s impact for those around the world. I’m a teacher and will be buying a copy for school.