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The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

Published: 12 Dec 2019

Hardback, 128 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Michael Rosen

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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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 travelled 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.

Teaching notes for The Missing



Tagged emotions , families , refugee experience , remembrance , Second World War , The Holocaust , top pick and war and conflict

Read our review on justimagine.co.uk

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