Diary of Laura's Twin, The

Genre: Middle Grade

Diary of Laura's Twin, The

Performed by:
Alyson Silverman
A Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers

Laura has just three weeks to go before her Jewish “coming of age” ceremony, called a Bat Mitzvah, when she is assigned a special project. She is to read the diary of Sara Gittler, a young girl her own age who was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Sara never had the chance to celebrate her coming of age, so Laura is to learn about Sara’s life and then share her Bat Mitzvah with her “twin” by speaking of her at the ceremony. Reluctant to undertake the project at first, Laura quickly becomes caught up by Sara’s struggle to survive. Sara’s diary unfolds with the details of her daily life in the ghetto, a world full of fear, confusion, tragedy and, above all, courage. From Sara’s brave story in the past, Laura learns how to find her own courage to confront the possibility of a friend’s current involvement in the desecration of a Jewish cemetery.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 5 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Kathy Kacer

KATHY KACER has won many awards for her books Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War, The Night Spies, and The Underground Reporters, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the American Jewish Library Association Award. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Alyson Silverman

Alyson Silverman is a performer whose credits include the off-Broadway production of Tony and Tina’s Wedding, where she played Sister Albert Marie as well as Nikki Black and Marina Galino. She recently directed several short films, including Havdalah, which was shown at both the Santa Fe and Delray Beach Film Festivals. Alyson has narrated over 50 books and counts The Summer of Swans, Light on Snow and the Katie and the Mustang series as some of her favorites. Alyson lives in New York City with her husband, two boys, and their very old dog.

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