Goodreads Summary: Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list.Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.
I have challenged my students to read more informational texts (non-fiction) from November 1st to January 31st. I want to set a good example, so I am also reading more non-fiction texts. That’s one of the reasons I chose to read this book. It has also appeared on several must read lists. I can understand why.
Though non-fiction, it has the smooth flow of a novel. I was engaged in the story from page one. Leyson’s clear voice carries the reader back to that horrific time in our world’s history. Though the subject matter is very serious, Leyson manages to inject a sense of hope into the story. I have several students who enjoy reading history fiction and non-fiction. The Boy On The Wooden Box will not only be an excellent recommendation for those students, but I believe it’s a good choice for some of my reluctant readers.
The AR Book Level is 7.0, but I highly recommend it higher level 5th grade readers and up.