Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944

Aranka Siegal

This Newbery Honor Book and ALA Notable Book tells the story of nine-year-old Piri, who is visiting her grandmother in the Ukrainian countryside. When World War II breaks out, Piri is unable to return to her family in Hungary.


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Book Information

Publisher: Square Fish
Publish Date: 03/24/2003
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 9780374480790
ISBN-10: 0374480796
Language: English

Full Description

The classic true story of one child's experiences during the holocaust.

Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her hometown (then in Hungary and now in the Ukraine) and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto.

Upon the Head of the Goat is the winner of the 1982 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a 1982 Newbery Honor Book.

"This is a book that should be read by all those interested in the Holocaust and what it did to young and old." --Isaac Bashevis Singer

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