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One boy’s extraordinary experience of wartime survival. One mother’s incredible courage. Based on an astounding true story.

It is German-occupied Poland in 1942 and Jewish lives are at risk. Nazi soldiers order young boys to pull down their trousers to see if they are circumcised. Many are summarily shot or sent to the camps.
A remarkable mother takes an ingenious step. To avoid suspicion, she trains her teenage son to be a girl: his clothing, voice, hair, manners and more. Together, mother and son face incredible odds as their story sweeps backwards and forwards across occupied Europe.


Truly compelling reading with an intensity that will capture readers both male and female, this memoir also includes photographs. This is a not-to-be-missed book and definitely an addition to your upper primary and secondary shelves.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories

... here is a book centred on World War II worth reading. It was one of those hard-to-put-down books. A gripping tale of amazing courage.

Daily Examiner, Grafton NSW

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    April 2, 2018


    RRP $17.99

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    April 2, 2018

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