What the Night Sings

What the Night Sings

A teen Holocaust survivor, must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life. After 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 onto living her life. In the displac A teen Holocaust survivor, must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life. After losing her family...

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Title:What the Night Sings
Author:Vesper Stamper
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:152470038X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:266 pages pages

What the Night Sings Reviews

  • Azita Rassi
    Nov 27, 2018
    My reaction to this book was very uneven. In parts, it went as high as giving it 4 stars and in parts as low as 2. Maybe if I were less familiar with this phase of history, it would have had a stronger grip on my imagination. For me, it felt like I could easily see the ribcage of the r...
  • Jessica
    Nov 18, 2018
    My favorite book this year. ...
  • michelle
    Jul 11, 2019
    I have read a lot of Holocaust books, perhaps too many. But this is the first time I have read a book that dealt with what it might have been like for someone in a camp after they were liberated. It wasn?t as if the camps got liberated and everyone had a place to go. Rather, there we...
  • BrocheAroe
    Dec 16, 2017
    Equally a love letter to the power of music as well as a Holocaust remembrance. Lyrical, evocative language is the real strength of this book, though the story itself is engaging, too, though horrific, because of what happened to the Jews, which it does not shy away from discussing. It...
  • Morgan
    Mar 22, 2018
    This book is a hard look at the years following the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. While it's difficult subject matter, it is touching and filled with hope. Gerta an Levi, even Michah and Maria, are beautiful characters, and even in the starkest of moments, they are a true...
  • Martha Schwalbe
    Mar 30, 2018
    The artwork in this novel is the reason for five stars. It is really moving. I enjoyed a new take on life in a concentration camp, especially after the war. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy history. ...
  • Trixi
    Apr 01, 2018
    Gerta is a young girl in Prague when Hitler invades. She is kept insulated from the politics by her father and her stepmother/music teacher. Her father plays the viola and Gerta sings, and hopes one day to be as great a singer as her step mother. Eventually, the Nazis come for Gerta an...
  • Carlos
    Apr 09, 2019
    3.5 stars for this book. I liked the illustrations that accompany the story but I felt the story fell flat in some points. The point of the book is how these characters are able to rebuild themselves after facing one of the worst tragedies any human could (Auschwitz concentration camp)...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 19, 2018
    Just holding this book in your hands is a delight to the senses. It has a firm heft to it, the cover is lined with brilliant blue paper, the pages are thick, and the smell of ink spills from it. But it's not just a pretty cover: the contents of this book are every bit as thrilling. Ves...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 17, 2018
    Copy provided by the publisher Gerta lives with her father, a viola player, and her step mother, who is a famous singer. For reasons she doesn't fully understand, she no longer goes to school, but is tutored at home. Eventually, her father stops going to work, and he and Gerta a...
  • Sarah McElrath
    Jun 26, 2018
    This book is beautiful--haunting, but beautiful. The graphics (ink washes) add a depth to this Holocaust story. A couple things that struck me -- and stick with me -- from this book: The Music. Music carries the reader (and the narrator, Greta Rausch) through the horrors of Nazi G...
  • Beth Anne
    Oct 07, 2018
    "Some things you do out of skill; some out of excitement. But some things you do out of brokenness." -- What the Night Sings . What the Night Sings by is a historical novel set primarily during the aftermath of World War II, and tells part of the story of Jews who survived the Holoca...
  • Panda Incognito
    Mar 12, 2018
    This book tells the story of a Holocaust survivor. Although many similar books end with liberation of the concentration camps, this new YA novel delves into the history of what happened after. The main character's journey is incredibly moving, and the magnificent prose and illustration...
  • Cherie
    Jun 15, 2018
    Awesome story! Not part of the stories of the death camps that I have ever heard told about before but any survivors today, are old. The MCs in this story are teenagers. They have nothing but each other. I especially liked the personal story shared in the Author's notes. The na...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Apr 02, 2019
    A must read. ...
  • Julie
    Jun 02, 2018
    This is a WWII Jewish survival story that uniquely begins when our heroine Gerta is ?freed? from Auschwitz. What happens to the survivors of the concentration camps, and how they are treated by the allies after the end of the war is fresh information. Author Stamper does a remarkab...
  • Amy Yingling
    May 20, 2018
    I really enjoyed reading this book because it shows something not often shown in historical fiction, what happens after the event, in this book it is the Holocaust and even though you get a bit of the hardships that Greta faced in the camps the books main focus is really on how she goe...
  • Katherine
    Mar 14, 2019
    ?The stories of the living are all of one piece: a million colors along the same thread.? This is what I wanted Between Shades of Gray and The German Girl to make me feel. ...
  • Lyda Scudder
    Feb 21, 2018
    Am I your friend? Then trust me, you want to read this book. Don't read it or buy it for the wonderful weight of paper or the font or the smell of ink. They are all wonderfully apt choices. Read it for the journey your heart will make with Gerta. Read it for remembering a piece of hist...
  • Misty Wilson read.fine.print
    Sep 23, 2018
    I checked this book out from the library and fell in love with it so much, I ordered my own copy. I didn?t even read the synopsis before I started reading, so I don?t want to ruin anything about this World War 2 story for you. Here is a list of what makes this book so unique: ? ...
  • Mrs.  Barrett
    May 31, 2019
    This book is amazing and unlike any other of its kind. If you are interested in the Holocaust/WW2, I think you will really enjoy this story of hope and survival told through the eyes of a 15 year old girl, Greta. There is a copy available in the BCMS LMC. ...
  • Estee
    Oct 12, 2018
    "What can a girl do who has refused to die?" The blurb is true, if you liked The Book Thief or The Nightingale you will enjoy this book. This book starts off (thankfully) at the end of the Nazi occupation. It is told by a 16 year old girl that lived through all of those horrors, a...
  • Melissa Rothman
    Mar 13, 2018
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway and WOW! The rawness in the book is heartbreaking but the truth is the hardcore truth, the holocaust is so well explained and the drawings are remarkable they show the bleeding lives, torture, and every day life that was lived with such fero...
  • Critterbee❇
    Apr 20, 2018
    Vivid, horrifying, and hopeful. This book really crawls inside you and becomes stuck in your soul. The illustrations are powerful and fit the story so well, wait, no, they actually are part of the storytelling, integral rather than decorative. Songs and snippets of other languages are ...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 26, 2018
    Stamper opens her Young Adult novel about survivors of the Holocaust with the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Sixteen-year-old Gerta is skeletal and ill with typhus. She has survived the Camp by being a member of the Camp orchestra, playing her father?s viola. Taught to play by her fath...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 30, 2018
    WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper is about a girl named Gerta who loses everything in Nazi concentration camps. Gerta didn?t even know she was Jewish when the Nazis took her and her beloved father away. Papa had been so careful to keep their identity a secret. He was a wonder...
  • Suzi Evelyn
    Dec 25, 2018
    EVERYONE STOP WASTING YOUR TIME READING THIS REVIEW AND GO PICK UP WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS BY VESPER STAMPER. So, this book is just another part of the reason why I wait until the first week of January to make ?Best Books of Year Whatever? lists. I picked up this book because I?...
  • Hypable Books
    Feb 23, 2018
    Read our full review on Hypable! What the Night Sings doesn?t feel like a rehash of the many other books of the genre. In fact, it feels so personal and accurately portrayed that it could almost be a true story. Historically, music had a presence in many concentration camps dur...
  • Anna
    Jan 21, 2018
    I really liked What the Night Sings. I really liked how it was set after the camp was freed with relevant flashbacks instead of about the time in the camp. The only thing that bothered me was how the Maria thing wasn't more developed. ...
  • Alison
    Nov 01, 2018
    he was a good boi ...