Children of the Stars
When we look up at the sky, we see the histories of the ages shining forth from an unknown space. While the stars illuminate all who gaze upon the light, the darkness that surrounds them is a reminder of just how much the stars endure amidst the shadows of the universe.
Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar is a work that makes a tremendous impact on your life through the lost innocence of Jacob and Moses who come to terms with a world that invaded their childhood. Escobar was able to make an incredibly profound work that is nothing short of remarkable. This story about the fragility of the human condition and how powerful acts of courage can change the course of our world.
Jacob and Moses's firsthand experiences with the concentration camps, incomprehensible hatred, warmth of strangers, and the compassion people show regardless of race or religion was a work that made a profound impression on me. I'm not by any means an emotional reader and I can instantly recall the works that have moved me to reach for my tissues and Children of the Stars is a book where Escobar chronicles a chilling chapter of our human history and gives it a new life that slowly overcomes your heart. The injustices that Jacob and Moses face break great degrees of your spirit, but Escobar's ability to convey pure emotion completes a part of yourself that leaves you a different person by the end of the book.
About the Book
From international bestselling author Mario Escobar comes a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War.
August 1942. Jacob and Moses Stein, two young Jewish brothers, are staying with their aunt in Paris amid the Nazi occupation. The boys’ parents, well-known German playwrights, have left the brothers in their aunt’s care until they can find safe harbor for their family. But before the Steins can reunite, a great and terrifying roundup occurs.
The French gendarmes, under Nazi order, arrest the boys and take them to the Vélodrome d’Hiver—a massive, bleak structure in Paris where thousands of France’s Jews are being forcibly detained.Jacob and Moses know they must flee in order to survive, but they only have a set of letters sent from the south of France to guide them to their parents. Danger lurks around every corner as the boys, with nothing but each other, trek across the occupied country.
Along their remarkable journey, they meet strangers and brave souls who put themselves at risk to protect the children—some of whom pay the ultimate price for helping these young refugees of war.This inspiring novel, now available for the first time in English, demonstrates the power of family and the endurance of the human spirit—even through the darkest moments of human history.