Caren Stelson

Caren Stelson

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Stars of the Night

Stars of the Night

Stars of the Night:
The Courageous Children
of the Czech Kindertransport

writ­ten by Caren Stelson

illus­trat­ed by Selina Alko

Carolrhoda Books, 7 Feb 2023

ISBN 978–1541598683, ages 7–11

“When we were sev­en or eight or nine or ten, our home was the old city of Prague.”

So begins this pow­er­ful sto­ry of the chil­dren who were res­cued from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, as Hitler’s cam­paign of hatred toward Jews and polit­i­cal dis­si­dents took hold. Told from the col­lec­tive per­spec­tive of the chil­dren, the nar­ra­tive starts in 1938 and fol­lows them as they jour­ney to fos­ter fam­i­lies in England for the dura­tion of the war, return to Prague after­ward in an unsuc­cess­ful search for their par­ents, and even­tu­al­ly con­nect with Nicholas Winton, a British for­mer stock­bro­ker who was instru­men­tal in bring­ing them to safety.

Award-winning author Caren Stelson teams up with acclaimed illus­tra­tor Selina Alko to sen­si­tive­ly tell this tale of sur­vival and defi­ance in the face of tyran­ny. Learn the inspir­ing his­to­ry of the Czech Kindertransport, which res­cued 669 chil­dren from Nazi persecution.

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“This book tells my father’s sto­ry through the eyes of the chil­dren he helped to save from the Holocaust. My father, an ordi­nary man, put togeth­er a small team and togeth­er they saved 669 chil­dren. His sto­ry is a reminder of the huge dif­fer­ence any one of us can make in the lives of oth­ers. Our world depends on it. This trag­ic episode in our his­to­ry is being repeat­ed now in many parts of the world. Governments alone seem unable to solve these problems―it is down to peo­ple like him, peo­ple like us, to make the change we want to see.” (Nick Winton, son of Sir Nicholas Winton)

Stars of the Night

Stars of the Night:
The Courageous Children
of the Czech Kindertransport

writ­ten by Caren Stelson

illus­trat­ed by Selina Alko

Carolrhoda Books, 7 Feb 2023

ISBN 978–1467789035, grades 5–12