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T4 Hardcover – Sep 22 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547046847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547046846
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This free verse historical-fiction account is as gripping and moving as any Holocaust story and would be a rich addition to any World War II study."- Winston Salem Journal

"A gentle retelling of a horrific situation. . . . A great addition to the cannon of WWII YA literature, helping readers to understand how being different at this time was a dangerous thing."- KLIATT

"In her powerful debut novel, LeZotte, who is deaf, tells the story from the viewpoint of one young girl, who speaks in spare, lyrical, intense free verse that blends her personal experience with the historical facts and an additional adult perspective that looks back."- Booklist

"LeZotte's use of free verse offers a lyrical, flowing story of yet another aspect of this historic tragedy. As a deaf person herself, she is able to delve deep into the main character's feelings as a disabled person, adding another layer to this moving account."- Advocate News , Baton Rouge, Lousiana

"This short yet stirring read accompanied by additional notes at the back of the book would be a rich addition to any Holocaust study unit." - Jewish Book World

"T4 exposes the darkness of the time while capturing the wonder and hope of one girl's survival."-About Our Children

"I found that I couldn't put this book down. It was so amazing. . . [it's] really rich in detail and is a great story.", student review

"A poetic book that simply and powerfully examines the injustices of the Nazis during World War II."-Holly Newton, Newton's Book Notes


About the Author

Ann Clare LeZotte is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she has had her poems published in the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, and the Threepenny Review. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. She is completely deaf.

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Everyone knows about the Holocaust, but not many people know much about Action T4.

T4 was a program Hitler used to sterilize and/or kill thousands of Jews with disabilities. People like Paula Becker, a deaf girl, were forced into hiding to save their lives. In her free verse poetry, Paula talks about hiding and running from Hitler and the T4 doctors.

This book was captivating. Before reading it I had never heard of Action T4. It was amazing to read a story through the eyes of a young girl as she is forced to leave her parents and go into hiding.

This was a short, easy read that anyone would appreciate.

Reviewed by: Emily Ann
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars T4 a Novel -- April 21 2009
By JKW - Published on
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I write this review as a teacher of middle school students who study the Holocaust. This book, written in free verse, provides an insight into the fate of handicapped children under Hitler's regime. It is suitable for grades 5 through 8, for a wide range of reading abilities. It is a high interest book that will provoke discussion of important issues both from WWII and from current news. Language Arts teachers like this book because it grabs kids attention during their poetry units. Reading teachers use it to round out their Holocaust units.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuis Shines Through July 28 2008
By R. Crane - Published on
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T4 refers to the program the Nazis instigated to rid the world of undesirable people, and specifically, in T4, the Disabled. While much has been written about many other Nazi atrocities, very little attention has been paid to this horror.

The author presents a very short novel in verse. It is a powerful tool and the length of the book in no way minimizes its impact. It takes no more than an hour to read, but the memory could last forever.

The book, T4, is named after the address, Tiergartenstrasse 4, which headquartered the infamous organization of this Nazi program. The historical facts of T4 are true, though the characters and story are fiction. The author, deaf herself, relates the story of a deaf child born in Pre-Nazi Germany who goes into hiding to escape being persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. Along the way she recounts the lives of people she meets and their impact on her. Ultimately she meets someone whom she eventually happily marries who is also a potential victim of the Nazis.

The book is beautifully written. It is simple and yet profound. Highly recommended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Elegant and Simple Prose July 30 2008
By rebelmomof2 - Published on
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book in the mail yesterday, but it is definitely a keeper. I have always been interested in reading about World War II, the Holocaust and more. This book reminds me of what happened to the "undesirables," the "unwanted" and the "disabled;" all vile words in my personal language.

This book is written for youth age 10-14, but it is a wonderful book for adults to read too. It is about Paula, a young deaf girl who was forced into hiding when the Germans decided to "end the sufferings" of those they deemed unfit to be part of the master race. Paula was squired away to a village where she stayed with a woman who taught her sign language, till someone found out that Paula was there and Paula was once again on the run. Separated from her family, Paula endured the war till she was able to go home again.

Written very simply, with elegance and prose, this book will take you on a short but powerful journey of images and emotions. If your child is becoming interested in the Holocaust, this would be a good book to start.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Gentle way for children to learn of one aspect of the Holocaust. July 21 2008
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I read every Holocaust survial story I can get my hands on. I believe that honors the living and those millions who died.

This is a very unique way to present the aspect of Hitler's Hate of the disabled to children. It is written like a long poem. It goes very quickly and the rhythm keeps you reading the book in one short sitting.

Paula is deaf. She is otherwise a happy and beautiful girl. Hitler has decided that the disabled should die they are consuming food needed for his "Aryan" race. The progrom to get rid of them is called T4. That was a new term to me. Named after the building where the doctors who carried out these murders worked.

Paula is lucky she got hidden. Paula got to tell her story. I will not tell you how it ends, just to say she was a very lucky girl. The story tells the truth but is not too grusome for 9-12 yr olds. These stories need to be told over and over again to all.

Ann LeZotte has created a children's classic in this poem that teaches and reminds us that all of God's children are the same, important, sacred. It teaches children that being different is okay and no one should be treated badly because of a disability.

I highly recommend this book. Parents read it with your children and talk about it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action T4 - the deplorable program carried out by WWII Nazis to eliminate disabled, mentally ill, others deemed "unfit to live" July 25 2008
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"T4" is short, only 128 pages long, and it is written for readers ages 10-14 (i.e., grades 5-9 in the USA). It took me only about an hour to read "T4," which is "a novel in verse," but this little book provided me with enough substance that I will ponder its messages for a long time to come.

"T4" is deeply seated in historical fact though its characters are fictitious. "Action T4", the source of the novel's title, was a WWII Nazi program of ethnic and medical cleansing administered out of a Berlin office at Tiergartenstrasse number 4.

"Action T4" labeled anyone under Nazi political control who was deemed to be disabled, mentally ill, or a member of an undesirable ethnic group such as gypsies, to be "unfit to live" or "unfit to reproduce" and were susequently identified and arrested and taken to locations where they were either killed or sterilized. Under the eye of Nazi scrutiny they had to be eliminated because they had tainted blood that would offset the regime's goal of producing a pure Aryan master race.

With that bit of background I am ready to tell you a bit about the book. Its narrator is named Paula Becker. She is a girl who suffered significant hearing loss as a result of her mother's contraction of measels before Paula was born, compounded by an illness Paula suffered before she was two years old. Paula grew up in a world of silence, but her life was a happy one that she shared with her family.

Things take a turn for the worse when the Nazis implemented "Action T4." Because her friends and neighbors knew of her disability Paula was at extreme risk of being exposed to the ruling regime, so she was taken away by their priest who took her to a safe place...which remained safe, but only for a while.

I strongly encourage you to give this short, but poignant book a read. It contains glimpses into the hopes and fears of a young woman who was only 13 years old in 1939, and who was forced to hide from her own countrymen for many years. "T4" also gives us hope in humanity as it portrays brave and courageous ministers and others who put themselves at great personal risk to help those who were unrightly oppressed.

The book bore even greater meaning to me when I read the short biography of the author, Ann Clare LeZotte, at the back of the book. She too lost her hearing at a very yound age and thereby provides first-person realism and an authentic window into the life and challenges of T4's voice, Paula Becker.

I give this short but powerful book top marks! Definitely 5 stars!

Thank you Ms. LeZotte for a great contribution to the education of anyone who reads this work.