A Family Secret

A Family Secret


Illustrated by Eric Heuvel, Contributions by Anne Frank House


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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 62 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 274mm x 5mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0374422656
  • ISBN 13: 9780374422653
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 52,652

Product description

While searching his grandmother's attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother, Helena. Helena tells Jeroen for the first time about her experiences during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, and mourns the loss of her Jewish best friend, Esther. Helena believes that her own father, a policeman and Nazi sympathizer, delivered Esther to the Nazis and that she died in a concentration camp. But after hearing her story, Jeroen makes a discovery and Helena realizes that her father kept an important secret from her.

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Author information

ERIC HEUVEL is one of the top graphic artists in the Netherlands. He concentrates on writing and illustrating educational graphic novels--three of which, including "A Family Secret "and "The Search," have won the Dutch Comics Association's category award. He lives in Zaandam.

Review quote

"Secrets are revealed right up to the present, and in all their complexity, they stay with readers forever. . . . this is a must for the Holocaust curriculum." -- Booklist, starred review