I originally discovered Children of the Stars on GoodReads under the title, Los Niños de la Estrella Amarilla, and I was intrigued. I knew my Spanish vocabulary wasn’t going to be good enough to read a full novel, particularly one with a lot of WWII-specific vocabulary, but I was intrigued by the title and summary and wished I would be able to read it. Cue HarperCollins Español, who read my silent thoughts and translated it for me!
Children of the Stars is a fairly unique take on your classic WWII story, as it is set in France and follows the lives of two children, brothers, who have been separated from their parents when the Nazi regime rounded up the local Jews. Being Jews themselves and wearing the star pinned to their clothing, they are among a group that gets rounded up in a public area and lose their parents in the chaos. The book follows their story of making it across the country and the world to reunite with their parents in the midst of the war, escaping those who would turn them in for their Jewish heritage.
I don’t know that I’ve read too many WWII novels set in France–there are some notable exceptions–as usually they are set in Germany and focus on a different aspect of the war, so I appreciated this fresh take. Even more than the location, I loved that the entire novel was centered around these two children, as it’s easy to just focus on what the adults went through without considering how many a childhood were affected. This novel was fairly light compared to other WWII books I’ve recently read, and full of hope and childlike faith and determination. It was a sweet read that reminds one of the importance of family. I would recommend.
Thank you to HarperCollins Español for translating and publishing this story for us English speakers. 🙂 It’s a story that should not be confined to the language it was originally penned in. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for providing me with an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for me to read and review; all opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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