What the Night Sings

Title

What the Night Sings

Authors

Vesper Stamper

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781524700386

Pages

266 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, Gerta has lost her family and everything she knew. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life. Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL720L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Single parent; Family member death; Homelessness; Immigrants and refugees; single father; death of a mother; death of a father; no home; displaced; resettlement; refugee family

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Jewish / White

Family Formation

orphan

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Golden Kite Award, 2019, Honor, Young Adult Fiction Book
National Book Award, 2018, Long List, Young People's Literature
Sydney Taylor Book Award, 2019, Winner, Teen Readers
William C. Morris Award, 2019, Finalist
Choices, 2019 Fiction Young Adult
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

Holocaust; Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp; Israel; Judaism; marriage; illustrations; music; singing; violin

Diversity Impact

direct

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