Nomination: Paper Hearts

paper heartsWiviott, Meg.  Paper Hearts. 2015. 337 p. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99 (978-1-4814-3983-1).  Gr. 7 and up.

In the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, bartering for paper or borrowing scissors could mean death.  But in the brutal winter of 1944, Zlatka risks everything to secretly craft an origami heart filled with birthday messages for her best friend Fania.  Based on a true story, this novel in verse gives voice to a group of young women who banded together to survive and reclaim their personhood in the face of dehumanizing cruelty.  

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