The Story of World War II Hero Irena Sendler

By School Library Journal

Irena Sendler was a remarkable person. During World War II, she worked with the Warsaw Social Welfare Department and was able to register Jewish people with Christian names so that they could receive aid. Two years later, she became involved with Zegota, a secret organization. Along with many others, Sendler saved many lives in clever ways—for instance, she kept track of people’s real names by placing their names in jars and burying them under an apple tree. Eventually, Sendler was betrayed and sent to prison, but thanks to her connections with Zegota, she was able to escape and go into hiding. This fascinating biography provides an abundance of detailed information about Sendler. Black-and-white illustrations accompany the text and serve to bring the narrative to life. Included in the book are informative sidebars, a glossary, and a time line, as well as an extensive bibliography, perfect for research. VERDICT A powerful tool for young readers to discover a noteworthy person. A great addition to nonfiction collections.