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The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for Older Readers Short-listed Book 2013.
The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction Short-listed Book 2014
NSW Board of Studies suggested text for the English K-10 Syllabus.
The Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Simply The Book Shortlist 2015 (UK) for ages 14+
A 2015 USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) Outstanding International Book.
The 2015 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award short-listed book for Older readers .
The Yabba's (Young Australians Best Book Awards) shortlisted book for years 7-9 for 2015
'Most anticipated book for 2012 - Adele Walsh, Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria.
'Such was the writing style, I was hooked from the very first page. A thinking teen's love story. ' - Robyn Willis, The Daily Telegraph
'A roller coaster ride. Although it hurt to read at times, I could not tear myself away from the page until the story was complete. A must-read for any teenager or adult interested in the past, the tragedy of war or what happens when humans believe they are superior.'
- kbr.com (Kids Book Review)
'A coming-of-age story set during one of the darkest chapters of human history. Zail pulled it off with brilliance and heartbreak, weaving Hanna’s story with a shockingly complex unfolding romance.' - Alpha Reader
'Melbourne writer Suzy Zail uses her Hungarian father’s wartime experience to tell a gripping fictional account of what happened to the Budapest Jews who were sent to Auschwitz in 1944. This is a book that helps the reader see the inhumanity of the Holocaust through new eyes.' - Helen Sykes, Cengage Learning Australia
'In some ways similar to John Boyne's Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - though for an older audience and more complex in is treatment of the story of friends on opposite sides of the war...this is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth the journey.' -Ann Packer, The NZ listener.
'An excellent library and resource book that will help open the conversation with young teenagers about this dark side of modern history.' - Colleen Tuovinen, ReadPlus
'A gripping read. - Melbourne Weekly