Reviews/Interviews – “Night or Day”

Holiday gift guide calls Happy Harper Thursdays “the perfect gift!”


"This is a very good (and very important) book about a girl...who lost everything to war and had to start anew in America as a refugee in the 1940s, and her return to the land she once loved...I highly recommend this book for school libraries, public libraries, Holocaust Studies classrooms and resource rooms, and for personal collections. The issue of memory is a powerful one in Holocaust Studies and this ...

Jewish Book Council reviews STUMBLING ON HISTORY

Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past Fern Schumer Chapman Gussie Rose Press  2016 54 Pages    $17.99 ISBN: 978-0996472517   Review by Teri Markson This slender book is both a memory and a memorial, a tribute and a warning, a look at what is and what was. Author Fern Schumer Chapman first recounts the experience of her German born mother, 89-year-old Edith ...

Association of Jewish Libraries reviews TWIN

Praise for Like Finding My Twin: “Every child should read it! Every school should teach it!” ~ Pulitzer Prize nominee James B. Lieber, author of “Friendly Takeover“ “An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... an important addition to any library” ~ Debbie Colodny, Association of Jewish Libraries   AJL review “A non-fiction narrative that informs and inspires...” ~ Hadassah Magazine

What Goodreads reviewers are saying about LIKE FINDING MY TWIN:

“...just finished reading Like Finding My Twin, with goosebumps on my arms and a few tears.” “A small book with a very large message.” “This is a quick read that I couldn't put down.” “A well-told, moving story, attractively designed and abundantly illustrated with photographs, artifacts, and historical documents.” “…a great model for relevancy projects, where students learn through a real life classroom experience. It's also an amazing story that ...

Cover reveal of LIKE FINDING MY TWIN

NEW narrative non-fiction book that combines historical documents, pictures, and storytelling to capture the 1938 shipboard friendship of Gerda and my mother, Edith, as the two unaccompanied minors traveled to America; the students' research to locate Gerda decades later; and the reunion of the two friends 73 years after they last saw each other. Books will be available in June. Reserve a copy by emailing me at

Scholastic Canada features “Night or Day”

IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? is a featured book in January 2015 newsletter for Scholastic Canada

New Good Reads review identifies my concerns… (see bold)

Good Reads Review of IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? Lynne rated it 5 of 5 stars Shelves: children, children-of-all-ages, historical-fiction, middle-grade, realistic-fiction, strong-girls, young-adult This is a very, very good book! It is historical fiction based on the life of the author's mother. It begins in a small town in Nazi Germany where we meet Edith just before her family sends her off to live in Chicago. She is going ...
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