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When the roundups start, Malka's mother knows she must get her daughters-seven-year-old Malka and sixteen-year-old Minna-across the Hungarian border to safety, a place where they hope Jews can live in peace. But escape proves harder than they could have imagined, with bleeding feet, bad weather, and homesickness, and little Malka falls ill. Left behind to be brought across when the threat has passed, Malka finds herself in a terrifying world full of strangers, starvation, and constant fear of Nazi roundups. As time passes, it becomes more and more apparent that the threat is far from over. Completely alone, Malka struggles to stay hidden, unaware that miles away, a brokenhearted mother is searching frantically for her lost little girl.

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ISBN-13: 9780142402696
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Mirjam Pressler is a novelist, translator, and award-winning author of several children's books. She is a highly regarded expert on the life of Anne Frank and her have been translated into many languages. She lives in the Bavarian countryside.

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Malka 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Malka was a Jewish girl during the Holocaust. As she tries to ecsape from Poland to Hungary with her mother and sister, she comes down with a high fever and is left in the care of a strange family while her mother and sister continue on the harsh journey. When Malka's host family fears of capture, they set Malka off on her own. She is captured and taken back to Poland. A polish policeman brings her into his house until they too are in fear of capture. Malka goes through a tough time with starvation and harsh winters, as well as trying to survive the German 'operations'. Malka was an excellent book that showed the difficulties endured by people during the Holocaust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Malka is a seven year old Jewish girl who lives in Poland during World War Two. Because their father is in Israel, Hannah, Malka's mother, becomes very worried when the Nazis invade Poland. Hannah, Malka, and Minna (Malka's sixteen year old sister) start their escape journey to Hungary to dodge the Nazis' grasp. On the way, Malka comes down with a terrible fever that forces Hannah and Minna to leave her behind with a Polish family on the border that they think will take care of Malka. The excitement grows as Minna and Hannah make the treacherous journey across Hungary and as Malka endures new families, starvation, and freezing temperatures. Will the family ever be reunited? This book was very good because it used good imagery that drew you into the story. You could see what the characters were seeing and feel what the characters were feeling. For me, the beginning of the book was a little hard to get into because it was difficult for me to understand the culture of Polish Jews, but the strings will finally get untangled by the middle of the book. 'Malka' is similar to the Anne Frank books and movies because of the Holocaust events. If you enjoy reading about the Holocaust, then this book should definitely be on your list.
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otulissa More than 1 year ago
Malka is a Jewish girl in Poland who runs with her mother and sister to escape an operation by the Nazis. On the way little Malka gets sick and has to stay behind with some people until she gets better and her mom can send for her to be safe with them in Hungary. However the people Malka is staying with turn her out onto the streets and from there Malka's little life is turned upside down as she experinces things no child her age ever should have to. I liked the book though it was slow at first. Malka's parts were the most intersting and I started to wish that it didn't switch back and forth. The family didn't seem very close to mem more like strangers in the same house but that may be due to the translation. Over all I liked it and recomend it to anyone who likes period piece literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so this young seven year old, Malka, her sixteen year old sister, and mother, only doctor in the town, set off beacause of Hitler( my fav. kind of stories have Hitler!!) Malka stays behind because she is sick. Then as soon as she is well she gets put on the streets to be a beggar(:-( Some people have SUCH nerve) Ok Ok, back to the story well Malka NEVER finds mama again, but sister decides to leave mama and go to daddy, who left them a couple years ago. Ok so If you have a better review for me write me at 'cause my review stinks. . . Yes i actually amit stuff like that. So remember: 1. read this book 2.write me a review at 3. In your review make sure to say hi to me, OK? good, actually great thanks for your time!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book full of great facts and exciting events for both the teachers and students.