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Pages: 194

Language: English

Publisher: Posie Press (1 Jan. 2016)

By: Nancy Wright Beasley(Author)

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In 1941 Laibale Gillman was a typical teenager living in Kaunas, Lithuania, when Nazi troops forced his family and thousands of other Jews into Kovno Ghetto, where they endured persistent threats of beatings, starvation and death. Laibale, showing courage beyond his years, lived up to his nickname of "the Little Lion,"  and devised a plan that helped several family members escape to freedom--at a time when some 40,000 individuals (the vast majority of them Jews) were being executed within a few miles. "The Little Lion" is the remarkable story of this selfless teen's heroism and chutzpah during the horrors of the Holocaust.

Nancy Wright Beasley has written the poignant and haunting story of Laibale Gillman, an unassuming and ordinary teenage boy who found strength, courage, and purpose when faced with the evils of Nazi Germany, which threatened the survival of his family and community. Stoked by the flames of her earlier book, Izzy's Fire, Nancy returns to her passion through The Little Lion, an in-depth character study of one young man's role in saving his people. - Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone GapDuring the Holocaust, Laibale Gillman, nicknamed "the little lion," was a hero to the people of Kovno Ghetto. He showed concern for others under the worst conditions and helped those weaker than him even when it put his life in danger. In telling Laibale's story, Nancy Wright Beasley, author of Izzy's Fire, once again shows the humanity that remains after everything else is taken away. The Little Lion is a wonderful book that I'm certain will be widely read. - Martin Goldman, retired director of the Office of Survivor Affairs, United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumThis story keeps the reader captivated and is a great choice for schools to use when teaching Holocaust education. - Abigail Reasor, sophomore, Atlee High SchoolSet in the Kovno ghetto during World War II and based on a true story, The Little Lion is the gripping tale of a Lithuanian boy's courage in the face of unspeakable Nazi horrors. The story sheds light on the risks Jews took to survive and is sure to spark discussion about the choices individuals make when pushed to the limit. - A.B. Westrick, author of BrotherhoodIn the tradition of Aharon Appelfeld (Baddenheim 1939 and The Age of Wonders), The Little Lion exposes the insidiousness underlying the Holocaust cancer and emerges as an astounding testament to man's brutality toward his fellow man. A synthesis of despair, devastation, luck, hope, ingenuity, and triumph out of death, Beasley's witness-novel is a must-read for the Holocaust curriculum. - Melvin L. Macklin, PhD, assistant professor of English, Ferrum CollegeIn The Little Lion, Nancy Wright Beasley presents the Holocaust in simple language that will speak to adolescents and adults alike. A motorcycle race jumpstarts the book with action and sets the pace for the plot that reveals heart-wrenching historical correctness. Author of the powerful Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust, Nancy masterfully helps fill the void in Holocaust novels for the less-motivated reader. She wins the race in her first venture into historical fiction. - Paula Marshall, librarian, Chesterfield County Public SchoolsLaibale Gillman, a larger-than-life hero, will instantly grab the attention of middle school readers, especially the boys. Kudos to Mrs. Beasley for writing a book that will not only help students as well as adults learn about the Holocaust, but will also help them in making their own life decisions. - Rebecca Quesenberry, retired reading specialistIn the prophet's dream the lion and the lamb dwell together in peace, but in Kovno Ghetto it took all the courage, skill, and imagination of a little lion-Laibale Gillman-to enable his family to endure. Nancy Wright Beasley has told his powerful story with sensitivity and skill. It makes for riveting reading and for a unique insight of life in Kaunas before and of daily life within the ghetto. I recommend it highly. - Michael Berenbaum, PhD, project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (1988-1993); author of The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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