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Alona Frankel was born in Krakow, Poland, in June of 1937. After surviving World War II, she immigrated to Israel in 1949. Alona has written and illustrated over 50 children's books, including the international best seller Once Upon a Potty. Her books have won numerous prizes, including several Parents' Choice awards.


"An impressionistic memoir of a Polish Jewish girl's survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. What lifts this beautifully understated narrative above many other admirable efforts are Frankel's gift for visceral detail and trained eye as a novelist... A truly moving and bravely rendered memoir."

* Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) *

"Frankel tells her story simply and with wry grace."

* Jewish Book Council *

"Stands out for its powerful writing and the author's resilience.... [Frankel] writes with sensitivity and unforgettable detail"

* The Jewish Week *

"One of the qualities that makes this book so remarkable is its author's honesty, her remembrance of terrible things past which, despite everything, did not destroy her."

* The Washington Times *

"Alona Frankel's memoir, described as being "faithful to the perspective of her younger self," is more mannered and even, at times, poetic."

* Times Literary Supplement *

"Reading Girl is an unforgettable experience. The horror of the Holocaust-"the heavy, viscous fear of death"-seeps into every page. Yet, what remains by the book's end isn't the horror of human evil but the good of the human heart. It's young Frankel as a girl who befriends rats and mice while in hiding, who celebrates the miracle of life in unspeakable conditions. It's a little girl in hiding who ultimately finds "beauty that needs nothing else.""

* ForeWord Reviews *

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