I Will Come Back for YouSpring 2012 Historical Fiction
Nonna never takes off her charm bracelet, decorated with tiny figures of donkeys, pianos, piglets and more. Her granddaughter wonders what could be so special about the charms, and one day her Nonna tells her. Based on the author's real-life family history, I Will Come Back for You is a riveting account of their escape from the Nazis in World War II Italy. The subject matter is handled in a tender and age appropriate way. In addition to brightly colored illustrations, there are endpapers featuring photos of the real family. A glossary of historical terms (e.g., internment camps, anti-Semitism) and Italian words, plus an afterword, round out the text. This is a wonderful way to talk about a complicated subject with young readers.