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Someone Named Eva
by Joan M. Wolf

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
Kids' Wings Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
Junior Library Guild Award

"You must keep this and remember.
Remember who you are, Milada. Remember where you are from. Always."

If you lived in the little town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1939, you would have known that you lived in a dangerous world. You would have known that Nazi Germany had taken over your country, and you have would missed rationed items like sugar.

You would have seen the Nazi soldiers in the streets.
You would have heard your grandmother, Babichka, say that the Nazi leader, Hitler, was evil.
You wouldn't have seen the cruelty against the Jews because none lived in Lidice.

What you would not know...until it was too late...was that the Nazi soldiers were about to come into your house in the middle of the night and arrest your whole family. From that moment on, your life would never be the same again. You would learn the pain of separation from everyone you loved and everything you held dear.

If you were a little girl named Milada, unlike most others taken prisoner by the Nazis, you would be whisked into a nightmare unlike any you had ever imagined. You would be taken to a place where your language, your customs, your clothes, and your religion would be ripped from you. Why? How could this be? Would your family ever find you?

Someone Named Eva was inspired by actual events that occurred during World War II. Though the characters are fictional, the events are not. It is a introduction to the Holocaust through the eyes of a young girl whose Ayran appearance destined her for a different fate than most others. It is a story that must be told over and over, one we must not ever forget lest it be repeated. We do not provide links to the Holocaust because of their graphic and violent content, but we recommend that parents and teachers use Wikipedia's Nazi Germany article for their own information and for students emotionally strong enough to handle it.

Research Links
Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf

Author Joan M. Wolf
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust: Quizzes
The Lidice Memorial
Map of Modern Europe
An Interactive Map of Germany...Learn the Countries

The Third Reich in Pictures
Eye Witness to History
The Girl with the Apples, a story of survival in the Holocaust

DVD: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG13)

DVD: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Classroom Edition

World War II Images
Hiroshima, Then and Now

World War II TAG: Each student gets a card with an answer and a question. The student with question Card #1 asks the question. The student with the answer to that question stands, reads the answer, and asks his question. The answer to the last question is on Card #1.

Literary Connections/World War II

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle--A closely linked story of the family of a Nazi SS Officer who was in charge of a death camp and his 8-year-old son who befriends a "boy in the striped pajamas," with devastating consequences.

The Greatest Skating Race, A World War II Story from the Netherlands by Louise Borden -- Picture Book--A young boy in the Netherlands becomes a hero by skating two Jewish children to freedom.

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata--Full Length Novel--Japanese interment camps in the United States during World War II

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot--by Margo Theis Raven--picture book-- The Berlin Airlift of 1948 provides excitement in the life of a little girl who lives in a bombed-out apartment.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Day America Entered World War II by Shelley Tanaka --Picture Book--Primary Source photographs, maps, and drawings bring Pearl Harbor to life

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki --Picture Book--A Japanese diplomat saves hundreds of lives in Nazi Germany during WWII

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy--Picture Book--Legend of how the King of Denmark used his cleverness to outwit the Nazis


Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 31-page Unit for Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf NOW! Available for immediate download for only $17.95! Includes Game and Song! Sharable within your school! Click Here.


A 31-page unit for Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf is a part of a collection of 23 units in Gifts and Givers

The Unit Includes:
Discussion Cards
Choral Reading Introduction
Memory Box for Book Talks
Anticipation Guide
Where in the World? Mapping Activity
Europe Today
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: The Dialectical Journal
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Questioning the History in Historical Fiction
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game with vocabulary list
The Frayer Model for Vocabulary Study
Character Studies
Character Poem
Visualizing Chapter 1
Acrostic Poem
Crossword Puzzle: Lies, Brainwashing, and Changes, Chapters 3-7
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Summarizing Chapter Six, A Writing Guide
Short Answer Questions for Chapter 7
More Changes in Eva's Life, Chapters 10-11
Visualizing Chapter 11
Writing the Eva's Song
Predict-Read-Confirm Short Answers for Chapters 13-14
Discussion/Writing Prompts
"Jeopardy-type" Game
Answer Keys



Someone Named Eva is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $17.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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