I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived Graphic Novels #3)

by Lauren Tarshis (Author) Álvaro Sarraseca (Illustrator)

A beautifully rendered graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944, with text adapted by Georgia Ball and art by Álvaro Sarraseca.

It's been years since the Nazis invaded Max Rosen's home country of Poland. All the Jewish people, including Max's family, have been forced to live in a ghetto. At least Max and his sister, Zena, had Papa with them . . . until two months ago, when the Nazis took him away. Now Max and Zena are on their own.

One day, with barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest. They are found by Jewish resistance fighters, who take them to a safe camp.

But soon, grenades are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion?

With art by Álvaro Sarraseca and text adapted by Georgia Ball, Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series takes on vivid new life in this explosive graphic novel edition. Includes nonfiction back matter with historical photos and facts about World War II and the Holocaust.

Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, I Survived graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6—The latest graphic novel adaptation of Tarshis's popular series is a crowd-pleaser. In 1944, Max and Zena are alone in the Jewish ghetto of Esties, Poland, their father having been taken away by Nazi soldiers. Living hand to mouth, the siblings spy a raspberry bush just beyond the fence line. When Max tries to grab a handful, he's swiftly caught by a Nazi guard, who accidentally shoots himself. The two run, and their harrowing journey to safety begins. After a sympathetic farmer hides them from a German search party, the children meet a Jewish network of resistance fighters who hide in the Polish woods, undermining the Nazi soldiers by destroying weapons and supplies. Max and Zena are delighted to find that their long-lost aunt is part of the partisan group with which they connect, and together they make a daring escape from certain death. Those familiar with this installment will anticipate the traumas and triumphs of the story, while newcomers to the series will also be pulled in; all will be satisfied with the mostly happy resolution. The subdued, earthy palette is punctuated by the harsh red of the Nazi flag, the same color as the few depictions of cartoon blood. Max, Zena, and other characters are white. VERDICT Another effective comics translation in this first-rate series, this is an excellent addition to libraries, especially where Tarshis's other titles circulate well.—Abby Bussen, Muskego P.L., WI

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel:

The first installment of Tarshis' sprawling prose disaster oeuvre for young readers is reimagined in visually interesting full-color comic panels that support its recognizable thrilling pace and convenient twists. Many of the most exciting scenes are largely wordless, spotlighting the propulsive action amid growing tensions. A fresh and interesting adaptation, making for an easy crowd pleaser. — Kirkus Reviews

The original I Survived series already has lots of appeal for emerging readers, but this graphic adaptation of Tarshis' novel not only stays incredibly true to the original story but now provides another format in which to enjoy this high-interest and easily accessible piece of historical fiction. The illustrations nicely complement the plot-driven tone and softly show the historical horror appropriately for a young audience without minimalizing its tragedy... Readers will be poring over the pages to see what happens next, even if they're already familiar with the story. — Booklist

Dark, subdued, inky art sets a somber tone, while a parade of mostly small panels builds suspense and promises to engage readers. — School Library Journal

Praise for Lauren Tarshis's I Survived chapter books:

Praise for I Survived the American Revolution, 1776:

Tarshis successfully blends historical fact with an involving narrative. — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79:

Tarshis serves up another gripping adventure... with the light-speed pacing and death-defying maneuvering fans have come to expect. — Booklist

Praise for I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863:

Informative and breathlessly paced. — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001:

[Tarshis] crafts a dramatic, emotionally intense tale that takes account of 9/11's physical and emotional costs — short- and long-term — while ending on an upward beat. — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005:

Expressive illustrations capture the drama of the storm and its aftermath, but the book's real power comes from its exploration of what it means to be a hero. — Booklist

Praise for I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916:

A gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers. — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912:

The fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages. — Kirkus Reviews

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I Survived the Nazi Invasion is a thrilling story full of twists and it is very interesting because of the risk of lives and the blood when the man got shot with his gun. this book will show if you had the bravery to be a kid in this time.


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this book is awesome for so many reasons! first of all its super action packed and there is conflict in almost every page! this is a book I recommend and I think those who do not like chapter books would love this!

Lauren Tarshis
Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at laurentarshis.com.
Dave Shephard studied Illustration in Brighton, England. His many works include fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and graphic novels. He lives with his family near the sea in the South Downs of England. For more information, visit daveshephard.com.
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
February 02, 2021
I Survived Graphic Novels
BISAC categories
JUV001010 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
JUV016060 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Holocaust
JUV008090 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Historical
Library of Congress categories
20th century
World War, 1939-1945
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Jewish resistance

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