Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Historical Fiction
I Will Come Back for You

I Will Come Back for You

Spring 2012 Historical Fiction
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Marisabina Russo
ISBN: 978-0-375-86695-1
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Nonna never takes off her charm bracelet, decorated with tiny figures of donkeys, pianos, piglets and more. Her granddaughter wonders what could be so special about the charms, and one day her Nonna tells her. Based on the author's real-life family history, I Will Come Back for You is a riveting account of their escape from the Nazis in World War II Italy. The subject matter is handled in a tender and age appropriate way. In addition to brightly colored illustrations, there are endpapers featuring photos of the real family. A glossary of historical terms (e.g., internment camps, anti-Semitism) and Italian words, plus an afterword, round out the text. This is a wonderful way to talk about a complicated subject with young readers.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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