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Book Review: Children of the stars Author Mario Escobar

August 1942. Jacob and Moses Stein, two young Jewish brothers, are staying with their aunt in Paris amid the Nazi occupation. The boys’ parents, well-known German playwrights, have left the brothers in their aunt’s care until they can find safe harbor for their family. But before the Steins can reunite, a great and terrifying roundup occurs. The French gendarmes, under Nazi order, arrest the boys and take them to the Vélodrome d’Hiver—a massive, bleak structure in Paris where thousands of France’s Jews are being forcibly detained.

Jacob and Moses know they must flee in order to survive, but they only have a set of letters sent from the South of France to guide them to their parents. Danger lurks around every corner as the boys, with nothing but each other, trek across the occupied country. Along their remarkable journey, they meet strangers and brave souls who put themselves at risk to protect the children—some of whom pay the ultimate price for helping these young refugees of war.

This inspiring novel, now available for the first time in English, demonstrates the power of family and the endurance of the human spirit—even through the darkest moments of human history.

  • World War II historical fiction inspired by true events

  • Book length: 94,000 words

  • Includes discussion questions for reading groups, a historical timeline, and notes from the author

“A poignant telling of the tragedies of war and the sacrificing kindness of others seen through the innocent eyes of children.” —J’nell Ciesielski, bestselling author of The Socialite and Beauty Among Ruins

Reviewed by:

Colette Meyer

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Created. Called. Considered. Jesus follower. Pastor’s wife. Proud mom. Kindness advocate. Debt free community. Website Designer.

Name of Book:

Children of the stars


Mario Escobar

What drew you to read this book:

It is the second book I've read by the author, based on WW2 and in particular on the plight of the Jews. I was really touched by the first, Auschwitz Lullaby, so looked forward to this read.

What impact did this book have:

This book is written about 2 Jewish brothers making their way across France to find their parents after the death of their aunt in Paris. Young children who should be tucked into bed at night where rather thrust into incredible hardship through the prejudice and hatred of the times.

In a paragraph, what is the main point of the book:

Kindness of strangers, being lead by God and compassion, putting their own lives on the line to help some very young children survive the war.

Who would benefit from reading this book:

I found the writing style would be suitable for a slightly younger audience but having said that it was still a beautiful read.

Star Rating?:


All comments are the authors own.

Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media.

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