“Harrowing, heartbreaking, and yet so full of hope.” — Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of Stepsister
“Haunting and lyrical. An incredible true story of bravery, survival, and defiance.” — Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee
“Sharon Cameron’s exciting novel weaves together the lightheartedness, sheer terror, and incredible inner strength of this young woman, my mom. This book exceeds all my expectations.” — Ed Burzminski, son of Stefania Podgórska
The Light in Hidden Places is based on the extraordinary true story of Stefania Podgórska, a teenage girl who made the brave choice to hide 13 Jewish people in her attic while taking care of her six-year-old sister.
It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamants, a Jewish family in Przemsyl, Poland. But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. One day, Max Diamant knocks on her door—he’s jumped from a train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jewish people. Then Nazi officers requisition their house for the German army. With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jewish people above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania will risk everything to keep herself, and those she loves, safe.
This harrowing, heartbreaking story of one of history’s hidden heroes is meticulously researched by New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron. While researching The Light in Hidden Places, she cultivated a close relationship with Stefania’s family and met Stefania personally before she passed away.
Ed Burzminski, Stefania’s son, says, “Sharon Cameron’s exciting novel weaves together the lightheartedness, sheer terror, and incredible inner strength of this young woman, my mom. This book exceeds all my expectations.”
Stefania’s story, her legacy, and her bravery will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the book.
About the Author
Sharon Cameron‘s debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents’ Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Indie Next Pick of the List selection, and its companion novel, The Knowing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at sharoncameronbooks.com.
Sparkling Apple Punch
- 2 cups 100% apple cider
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 2 oranges
- 1/2 cup seltzer Water
- Apple slices for garnish
- Orange wedges for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Polish Folk Songs and Dances
Smithsonisan Folk Ways Recordings
According to the Smithsonian, “many of the source materials of Polish folk music traditions were stolen or destroyed during the Nazi occupation (1939–1945) of Poland. After the war, Poland undertook an intensive national effort to re-record this music by Polish folk ensembles from throughout the country. The present recording from 1952 is a small sampling of the country’s distinctive and diverse vocal and instrumental traditions.”
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