The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II – Michael Rosen


 The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II – Michael Rosen, Candlewick Press, (9781536212891), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Michael Rosen (author of the famous We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) was born in England just after the second world war ended.  He learned that he had aunts and uncles who had lived in France and Poland during the war that seemed to be missing.  As an adult he began to look for them.  He did many online searches and pored through historical searches.  He went to visit relatives in America.  Being fluent in French, he also did many searches in France.  In the end he was successful – even though what he learned was often sad and unpleasant.  So this is the story of his quest.  He includes poems he had written from some of his collections.  He also includes maps, photos and excerpts from letters.

Further Reading includes a list of Firsthand accounts of World War II and the Holocaust, Children’s non-fiction about World War II and the Holocaust, Further Information on World war II and the Holocaust online, Children’s fiction and non-fiction about World War II, the Holocaust, refugees and displacement and Picture book fiction and non-fiction along with graphic novels.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Those wishing to learn more about all the displacement during and following World War II and the research involved in locating relatives could certainly benefit from reading this book.

Who should buy this book? Public, middle-school and elementary libraries

Where would you shelve it? 940.53 or Biography

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 2/13/2021

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