Berlin, November 1943. With bombing raids commencing, the city is blanketed by explosions.
Siblings Gerta and Max Hoffmann live a surprisingly carefree childhood amid the raids. Berlin is a city going about its business, even as it’s attacked almost nightly.
But one night, the air raid sirens wail, and the Hoffmanns’ neighborhood is hit. A mortally wounded man comes to their door, begging to be let in. He asks for Karl Hoffmann, their father. Gerta and Max watch as Karl tries in vain to save the man’s life.
Before he dies, the stranger gives their father a bloodstained packet of documents, along with a message: “For the sake of humanity, the Führer must die. Finish it, Karl!”
Based on real events, this is the story of two children swept up in a fight for the soul of Germany — and the world.
WHERE IS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF?
In this Where Is? title, kids can explore the Great Barrier Reef—big enough to be seen from space but made up of billions of tiny living organisms.
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system. Stretching more than 1,400 miles, it provides a home to a wide diversity of creatures. Designated a World Heritage Site, the reef is suffering from the effects of climate change but this fascinating book shows this spectacular part of our planet.
WHO WAS CESAR CHAVEZ?
Learn more about Cesar Chavez, the famous Latino American civil rights activist.
When he was young, Cesar and his Mexican American family toiled in the fields as migrant farm workers. He knew all too well the hardships farm workers faced. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. Along with Dolores Huerta, he cofounded the National Farmworkers Association. His dedication to his work earned him numerous friends and supporters, including Robert Kennedy and Jesse Jackson.