Uri Orlev

Young Adult, 1981

The novel tells the story of Alex, living by himself in a ruined house in the deserted Jewish Ghetto of a large Polish city during WWII. As he awaits his father’s return, the days turn into weeks, and one anxious adventure follows another.







Haifa University Prize for Young Readers, 1981

IBBY Honor List for Israel, 1982

Batchelder Award, American Library Association, 1984

Association of Jewish Libraries, Best Book of the Year, 1984

Edgar Allen Poe Special Award/Mystery Writers of America, 1985

Jane Addams Peace Association and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Honor Award, 1985

Silver Pencil Prize, Holland, 1986

Hans Christian Andersen Prize, 1996 (For Life Work)



Rights Sold to:

China: Bridging Culture; Denmark, Gyldendal; France, Stock/Hachette; Germany, Elefanten/Ravensburger; Holland, De Fontein; Israel, Keter; Italy, Salani/Archimede; Japan, Kaiseisha; Korea, BIR; Poland, Nasza Ksiegarnia; Portugal, Ambar; Spain, Santillana/Altea, Taurus and Alfagaura; Taiwan, Eastern Publishing House;  UK, Hutchinson; USA, Houghton Mifflin

Film Rights: M&M Productions, Denmark/Moonstone Entertainment, LA


"More than just a valuable addition to Holocaust literature . . . [Orlev's novel] should garner a wide audience, which is exactly what its spirited portrait of hope and dauntless courage deserves." – Booklist, ALA

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