Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage
Author: Tilar MAZZEO
Subject/Category: Gr. 5-8
Year Reviewed:: 2017
Review: Even before the war, Irena Sendler was a tireless advocate against poverty in her hometown of Warsaw, Poland. When the Germans overtook her city, Irena was forced to use more creative means: forging documents, arranging secret organizational meetings, and smuggling lifesaving vaccinations into the Jewish ghetto. Risking her life, Irena worked with Jews and Gentiles to save over 2,500 Jewish children. Sneaking them from the heavily guarded ghetto through dank tunnels, hiding them in coffins or in disguises, Irena led them to the fragile safety of an underground network of resistance workers. Irena’s story of boundless courage and selfless determination, now told in this young reader’s edition, inspires readers both young and old.