Three Stars in the Night Sky
A Junior Library Guild selection, this story of family separation — told through text, historical documents, and photographs — reflects the trauma and excruciating loneliness many unaccompanied minor immigrants experience.
About the Book
A Junior Library Guild selection. ISBN: 978-0-9964725-4-8
At the age of 12, Gerda Katz fled Nazi Germany and came to America all by herself. Decades before the label gained recognition, she became what’s now known as an “unaccompanied minor.” Gerda’s story of family separation reflects the dislocating trauma, culture shock, and excruciating loneliness many unaccompanied minor immigrants experience. As Gerda becomes an American, she never stops longing to be reunited with her family. Three Stars in the Night Sky illuminates the personal damage of racism in three countries – Nazi Germany, the Dominican Republic, and the United States during the 1930s and 40s – and the emotional devastation of a child coming to a new country alone.
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The Junior Library Guild has selected Three Stars in the Night Sky as a June 2018 title.