Stones in Water
|Author:||Donna Jo Napoli|
When Roberto sneaks off to see a movie in his small Italian village, he has no idea that life as he knows it is over. German soldiers raid the theater, round up the boys in the audience, and pack them onto a train. After a terrifying journey, Roberto and his best friend Samuele find themselves in a brutal work camp, where food is scarce but horror is everywhere. The boys vow to stay together no matter what. But Samuele has a dangerous secret, which, if discovered, could get them both killed…
This is a gripping and moving novel set in World War II, of how a young Italian boy and his friends were taken by the Germans and put in labour camps. This is the story of how they endured beatings, starvation, and freezing tempartures, and of how some of them survived.
Interest age: 12+
After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.