JLG selected Is It Night or Day? as its June book for Advanced Readers. Here are some comments from the JLG reviewers about the book:
* World War II and Holocaust stories like Edith’s are scarce in children’s literature; unlike many European Jews, she manages to flee her homeland and become an American immigrant. Readers will be intrigued by Edith’s unique perspective.
* A powerful and moving story. It is easy to relate to Edith and her emotional struggles, such as her devastation when a friend from her passage to America later rejects her because he now considers himself an American and denounces any associations with “the old country.”
* The time period is clearly rendered, with evocative descriptions and telling details about topics including race relations, popular music, fashions and the cost of living.