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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Owlkids (March 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926973623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926973623
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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…[in] moments of simple, profound human contact the story finds its real power.
(Publishers Weekly 2013-01-07)

[This] personal account with many photos will stir readers to find out more Holocaust history. (Hazel Rochman Booklist 2013-03-01)

A good introduction to a difficult topic-give it to readers for whom a 'true' survivor's story will carry more weight than a wholly fictional account.
(Kirkus Reviews 2013-02-15)

The Last Train is a harrowing account of the Holocaust...a somber and quiet story that though it brings tears to the eyes, still manages to send a message of hope and survival. (Rita Lorraine Hubbard New York Journal of Books 2013-03-12)

The book is emotionally honest, with moving details ... a well-written smooth read. (Dr. Marcia W. Posner Association of Jewish Libraries 2013-06-01)

a powerful story worth reading. (Marge Kaplan Jewish Book Council)

... this is an important story for anyone to read ... The Last Train is an accessible, yet heart-wrenching, account that will hopefully help to educate a new generation. (Liane Shaw Canadian Review of Materials 2013-05-17)

"Readers will be amazed at the everyday persistence of children and parents to stay together and support each other." (Resource Links 2013-10-01)

Arato tells the story matter-of-factly, but it is of itself a gripping story for young readers, of a young boy's memories of a time in human history that should never be forgotten.
(Books for Kids Blog 2013-05-08)

About the Author

RONA ARATO, a former teacher, is an award-winning children’s author with a strong interest in the field of human rights. From 1994 to 1998, she was an interviewer for Survivors of the Shoah, a Steven Spielberg project that recorded the histories of Holocaust survivors. She is the author of Courage and Compassion and the On a Day Story Voyages series, among others. She lives in Toronto.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1b2d9c0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x9ff28360) out of 5 stars The Holocaust in Hungary, through the eyes of a child March 28 2013
By Joe Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book describes the experiences of the author's husband, Paul, towards the end of the Holocaust. Jewish persecution in central Hungary was at first lighter than in other Axis countries, but stringent anti-Jewish laws were imposed after the Nazi invasion in 1944. Paul's family was confined in a ghetto together with other Jews of the region, and subsequently taken to work as slave laborers in Austria. There are a few moments of horror and casual brutality, but they are offset by the warmth of Paul's family life and some unexpected compassion from non-Jews which may have saved his life.

Rona Arato is an accomplished children's author and although this book does not shy away from the realities of the Holocaust it is well-paced and does not dwell on them. This book is identified as being suitable for children aged nine and up but it is certainly not childish either in style or in content. I found it very readable and suggest that it is appropriate both for children prepared for a non-fictionalised biography of the Holocaust and for educators seeking a relatively brief (about 130 pages) account that touches on themes such as social and economic exclusion, persecution, and the cohesion of a family under the most trying conditions.

Ms Arato's book is a valuable addition to Holocaust literature and an important addition to our knowledge of a neglected piece of Holocaust history. Readers seeking more information on the Hungarian Jews sent to Austria can find another account of the same events in Olga Verrall's book Missing Pieces: My Life as a Child Survivor of the Holocaust (Legacies Shared). The events leading up to these slave transports are described in Anna Porter's book Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust.
HASH(0x9ff28438) out of 5 stars A Must-Read July 11 2013
By Animal Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This was written for a younger audience, but it's moving and well-written enough for any age group. The book itself is of course heartbreaking and disturbing simply because of the subject manner but it also shows the incredible spirit and resilience of children and the love and bond of family. I truly believe this book should be a must-read in schools.
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HASH(0x9ff28714) out of 5 stars The Last Train May 1 2013
By Kaila - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be an inspiring tale of extreme horror. The details were not covered over but they were introduced to the reader in a way that made it possible to continue reading. I have given a copy of the book to my 11 year old granddaughter in hope that she joins the ranks of those who can carry the story forward so it never happens again.
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HASH(0x9ff2860c) out of 5 stars Great Story! Aug. 6 2013
By Elisha Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book chronicles the journey of the Arato family and a neighboring family during the Holocaust. The two families are put through atrocity after atrocity, yet they somehow manage to stick together and kept from falling into despair. The Arato brothers show great courage against the Nazis. The boys struggle through the camps while helping their ailing mother.

This book was an excellent story about triumph and perseverance. The families never gave up and kept hope alive even in the direst of situations. Their rescue near the end of the story was a wonderful ending to a story that made the reader sympathize with victims of the Holocaust.

The story was very painful to read at times. However, this a story that should be read because of its historical significance.

Elisha ( Avery Griffin- Author of The Demon Rolmar )
HASH(0x9ff28c48) out of 5 stars Easy to Understand April 27 2013
By Dot - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to understand this material. Not suitable for very small children because the truth behind the story may frighten them, but older children should be reading this book so that they know the Holocaust did really happen. Adults would benefit from it also.


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