We are completing our "Holocaust" reads with both the seventh and eighth grade students. I just finished The Book Thief. So I picked up another book--Leon Leyson's The Boy on the Wooden Box. I think I've had my fill for a while.
I actually listened to this book on audio (which won an award) during my short commute to and from school. Though I am a visual learner, this audio held my focus. I would recommend this book to some of my more mature students who are interested in the Holocaust. I would preface their read by reminding them that Leyson's story is an example of how God works in the most mysterious way. I lost count how many times he was within death's grip and survived because of split-second decisions.
Leyson died one year ago (January 2013). I want to peruse this site (Little Leyson), but I think I will do this when I am certain no one will interrupt me.