Book Review: The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard

July 14, 2016

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard is a novel about a young boy in the Nazi Warsaw ghetto during World War II. This book as a National Book Award finalist.

  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101874317

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When I was a boy, some of my favorite books to read were that of Dr. Janusz Korczak, especially those of King Matt the First,  so when I read about The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard I immediately wanted to read it.  This is a young adult (YA) book, a fictional story with some historical characters in it.

The book is written from Aron’s point of view and is written in simplistic language (that of a 13 year old), about some horrific subjects. The author describes the difficult life in the ghetto, living daily with lice and sickness all around, strangers become family quickly and people disappearing never to be seen again.

This is not an uplifting book, but it is a very interesting story and about a young boy, in his formative years living in the Warsaw Ghetto.  The book is captivating about survival and perseverance against insurmountable odds.

Aron is a Jewish boy, 13 years old, living the Warsaw ghetto under Nazi rule. Aron has to fend not only for himself, but for his family as well, by smuggling goods and food.

When things turn to the worst, Aron meets Dr. Janusz Korczak, an advocate for children’s rights in Europe (a historical figure). Aron is facing many moral dilemmas and choices between bad and very bad.

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Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book from the local library
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