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***As heard on The Jeremy Vine Show***

***As heard on The Cerys Matthews Show***

"Michael Rosen is a master of pace and clarity Essential reading." - The Times, Children's Book of the Week

"Five stars ... extraordinary and affecting. " - The Telegraph, Children's Book of the Week

"Rosen handles the difficult topic as sensitively and thoughtfully as you would expect, always writing in a straightforward and accessible way for children." - BookTrust, the UK's largest reading charity

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who "went missing" during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures.

When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after.

Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since.

Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

Supported and checked by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.

"Fascinating, chilling and poignantly personal" - Financial Times

"The Missing may ostensibly concern the Holocaust but, as Rosen makes clear, this is a book about facing down prejudice, defying those who would sow the seeds of hatred and opening our arms to those in need." - Independent

The missing - Michael Rosen

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Title
The missing - the true story of my family in World War II
Author
Michael Rosen
format
Hardback
Publisher
Walker Books Ltd
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20191212

***As heard on The Jeremy Vine Show***

***As heard on The Cerys Matthews Show***

"Michael Rosen is a master of pace and clarity Essential reading." - The Times, Children's Book of the Week

"Five stars ... extraordinary and affecting. " - The Telegraph, Children's Book of the Week

"Rosen handles the difficult topic as sensitively and thoughtfully as you would expect, always writing in a straightforward and accessible way for children." - BookTrust, the UK's largest reading charity

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who "went missing" during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures.

When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after.

Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since.

Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

Supported and checked by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.

"Fascinating, chilling and poignantly personal" - Financial Times

"The Missing may ostensibly concern the Holocaust but, as Rosen makes clear, this is a book about facing down prejudice, defying those who would sow the seeds of hatred and opening our arms to those in need." - Independent

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One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, and current Children's Laureate, Michael is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.

Rosen makes comparisons with the present-day refugee crisis and injects hope in the final chapter (and, boy, do we need it), with one of his best poems, Today; One Day. Essential reading.
The Times, Book of the Week

Rosen handles the difficult topic as sensitively and thoughtfully as you would expect, always writing in a straightforward and accessible way for children, interspersed with his own poetry.
BookTrust

What is so affecting about this book is its gentle tone. Instead of anger, there is contemplation - and, as always with Rosen, an innate ability to see every mystery through a child's eyes.
The Telegraph

The personal connection, the use of source materials, the accessibility of the text and the way it encourages empathy (both with historical and current events) all make this an invaluable text for UKS2 and KS3. A poignant and essential read.
ReadingZone

Rosen intersperses his family memoir with his own poetry to create a fascinating, chilling and poignantly personal take on unimaginable horrors of genocide.
The Financial Times

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Juvenile literature.|World War, 1939-1945 - Juvenile literature.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
103

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