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

By Michael Rosen

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children’s authors.

“Rosen shows children every shade of life – dark and gloomy or bright and dazzling.” Guardian By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during the Second World War – told through prose and poetry. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust. “One of our most popular children’s authors … Michael Rosen has a talent for saying much in the simplest way.” The Times

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 10+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406386752
  • Published: 12 Dec 2019
  • Price: £8.99
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  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 128

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'Rosen makes comparisons with the present-day refugee crisis and injects hope in the final chapter (and, boy, do we need it), with one of his best poems, Today; One Day. Essential reading.' The Times, Book of the Week

'Rosen handles the difficult topic as sensitively and thoughtfully as you would expect, always writing in a straightforward and accessible way for children, interspersed with his own poetry.' BookTrust

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