What the Night Sings
What the Night Sings
What the Night Sings
A Morris Award FinalistLonglisted for the National Book AwardFor fans of The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes a lushly illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor who must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life."A tour de force. This powerful story of love, loss, and survival is not to be missed." --KRISTIN HANNAH, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The NightingaleAfter losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and on to living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future."What the Night Sings is a book from the heart, of the heart, and to the heart. Vesper Stamper's Gerta will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her story is one of hope and redemption and life--a blessing to the world." --Deborah Heiligman, award-winning author of Charles and Emma and Vincent and TheoA WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK OF 2018A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF 2018

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper tells the story of a Jewish girl named Gerta living through the Holocaust. Gerta doesn’t know that she is Jewish until one day, Nazi soldiers break into her family’s apartment and take her and her father to a concentration camp. Gerta ends up at a concentration camp called Auschwitz, and there she is separated from her father when he is taken to die. While at Auschwitz, Gerta plays her father’s viola in the Women’s Orchestra.

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