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The Cage

by Ruth Minsky Sender

Simon Pulse | August 1, 1997 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Cage is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.

As long as there is life, there is hope

After Mama is taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers cling to their mothere''s brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto. Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated. Now Riva is alone.

At Auschwitz, and later in the work camps at Mittlesteine and Grafenort, Riva vows to live, and to hope - for Mama, for her brothers, for the millions of other victims of the nightmare of the Holocaust. And through determination and courage, and unexpected small acts of kindness, she does live - to write the unforgettable memoir that is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: August 1, 1997

Publisher: Simon Pulse

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068981321X

ISBN - 13: 9780689813214

Found in: Jewish
Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heart-rending memoir Riva Minska's struggles and optimism through the Holocaust, including stays in the Lodz guetto and Auschwitz.... Witness racism, hatred, betrayal, hunger, violence, death, sorrow and also affection, courage, friendship, love and hope.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Holocaust biographical account I thought it was a good book. I'm assuming it's a memoir of the author's life (once I read her biography on Wikipedia). This book sounds vaguely familiar and I believe I have read it before a long time ago but nevertheless I thought I might as well read it again. It's a small book with less than 200 pages and I was so interested and engrossed in it that it took me several hours to finish it. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next, I wanted to know how she managed to survive through the entire ordeal and still manage to keep hoping and to keep living. Riva is one of the most strongest characters I have ever read so far. I admired Riva for having to take care of her brothers through the hardships of living in the ghetto. Then having to be forcefully separated, she had to survive on her own and she never lost hope. It's as if she drew strength from losing her mother to give her the will to stay alive. Although the situation was always bleak and survival is never guaranteed, it was amazing to see how Riva managed to continue to hope even in the face of this kind of adversity. There were a few things with this novel that I did not quite agree with. First I noticed it's somewhat catered to children and I sort of have to wonder about that. I realized children should be taught about this moment in history but I think this book really should be catered towards teens as this story surrounded Riva in her teenage years. It just seems to make more sense. Also, I found the flow of the narration to be a little jumpy throughout the first half of the book. It was first one major event then it just skips directly to another there wasn't real flow to put the two together into one smooth transition, it felt almost as if it was the writing was rather haphazard. Overall though, a touching Holocaust story and not one to be missed. The story tells you that without hope, there really is nothing to live for and it's a lesson to learn for everyone in future generations to come.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read This book is a MUST read, the characters are very likeable and easy to relate to. This novel makes you feel as though you are experiencing the events as the characters yourself. As well as a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Excellent This book was amazing!It had feeling and made you feel like you were experiencing it right along with Ruth.It was quite graphic and was really disturbing just by the stuff the Nazis did.
Date published: 2001-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book The Cage is my absolute favorite book. Ever since the first time I read it (2 years ago in grade 5) i have loved it. It is the true story of a young girl named Riva Minska. She endures the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz death camp, Mittlesteine labour camp and Grafenort labour camp. The only thing that kept her alive was her mothers saying "As long as there is life, there is hope." This is the wonderful and touching story of a teenage girl during the Holocaust.
Date published: 2001-06-08

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The Cage

by Ruth Minsky Sender

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: August 1, 1997

Publisher: Simon Pulse

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068981321X

ISBN - 13: 9780689813214

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As long as there is life, there is hope

After Mama is taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers cling to their mothere''s brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto. Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated. Now Riva is alone.

At Auschwitz, and later in the work camps at Mittlesteine and Grafenort, Riva vows to live, and to hope - for Mama, for her brothers, for the millions of other victims of the nightmare of the Holocaust. And through determination and courage, and unexpected small acts of kindness, she does live - to write the unforgettable memoir that is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

From Our Editors

From the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the liberation of her concentration camp in 1945, the author chronicles an adolescence shaped by the horrors of the Holocaust but strengthened by the force of her own will.

Appropriate for ages: 14

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