A young woman must come to terms with her grandfather's past in Nazi Germany in this Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Johanna's grandfather founded the largest clothing store in town and built it up with his own hands—at least that's the family legend. But when Johanna travels to Israel on a class project, she finds out that the family of Meta Levin originally owned the store. She learns that her grandfather legally acquired the company during the Nazi regime according to the anti-Semitic laws of the Third Reich. Joanna is worried: her family's wealth is obviously founded on injustice. Should she keep silent, or can she wake the sleeping dogs? What follows her discovery is an eye-opening fight and marks Johanna's entrance into adulthood as she is left with many questions and her own life to sort out.
About the Author
Mirijam Pressler is a renowned author of children's and young adult literature in Germany. Her novel When Happiness Comes, You Have to Offer It a Chair was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize. Ms. Pressler also received the German Book Award 2004 for her life's literary work. She lives near Munich.