The Safest Lie (Hardcover)
Holiday House, 9780823433100, 192pp.
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
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In 1940, nine-year-old Anna Bauman and her parents are among 300,000 Polish Jews struggling to survive the wretched conditions in the Warsaw ghetto. Anna draws the attention of Jolanta (the code name for the real-life Resistance spy Irena Sendler, who smuggled hundreds of children out of the ghetto.) Jolanta wants to help Anna escape. Anna's mother drills her day and night, teaching her a new identity, that of Roman Catholic Anna Karwolska. Soon, Anna is whisked out of Warsaw to a Catholic orphanage and then to a foster family. Her story is a suspenseful and deeply moving account of the sacrifices endured, the dangers faced, and the heroism demonstrated by courageous young victims, their parents and their saviors.
About the Author
Angela Cerrito was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and has lived in Oregon, Georgia, China, Italy and Germany. She attended Pacific University, where she received a BS in social work and an MS in physical therapy. She currently works as a pediatric physical therapist in Germany. Her first novel, The End of the Line, was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and a VOYA "Top of the Top Shelf" selection. The Safest Lie evolved over eleven years. The author first learned about Irena Sendler in 2004 and knew immediately that she wanted to write about her. She applied for and was awarded the Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which made it possible for her to conduct research in Warsaw, Poland, where she finally met her hero, Irena Sendler.