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The Island on Bird Street

Uri Orlev
AGE: 10-15

In Poland, during World War II, Alex is separated from his father and hides alone in the ghetto, waiting for him to return. There, he meets all sorts of different people-Poles looting abandoned homes, Jews trying to survive, German soldiers, and Jewish rebels. Some are kind, others turn their backs. His only constant friend is Snow, a smart, white mouse. Alex learns to survive and how to use a gun. Twice, he even manages to escape into a Polish neighborhood, where he plays football, goes skating like a normal child, and falls in love. But he always returns to his hiding place in the ghetto to wait for his father. When his father finally appears, he and Alex , along with Snow, leave the ghetto for good and join the Partisans in the woods.

Orlev The Island on Bird Street
Title The Island on Bird Street
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Catalan (Spain), Chinese, Czech, Danish, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1981
No. Pages 156 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Yi Be-Rehov Ha-Tziporim
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: Boston, Houghton, 1984; pback: 1992; London, Hutchinson, 1985
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1985; pback: 1994; Malberg Pubs, school ed., 1997
German: Cologne, Elefanten, 1986; Berlin, Kinderbuchverlag, 1989; pback: Ravensburg, Maier, 1990; 1998
French: Paris, Stock, 1987; pback: Stock/Hachette, 1991; 2002
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1988
Danish: Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1988; Copenhagen, Nota, 2014
Polish: Warsaw, Nasza Ksiegarnia, 1990; Warsaw, Harbor Point/Media Rodzina, 2011
Spanish: Madrid, Alfaguara, 1991
Italian: Florence, Salani, 1993; adult ed.: 1998; Milan, Archimede, 1994
Japanese: Tokyo, Kaiseisha, 1993
Catalan: Madrid, Alfaguara, 1998
Portuguese: Porto, Ambar, 1998
Swedish: Stockholm, Raben & Sjogren, 2000
Chinese (simplified): Shijnazhuang, Hebei, 2000; Hefei, Anhui Children's Publishing House, 2014 
Korean: Seoul, Bir, 2002
Hungarian: Budapest, Animus, 2003
Czech: Prague, Prah, 2013

Spanish: Valencia, Jollibre, 2017 

French: Vanves, Librairie Générale Française, 2018

Catalan: Pincanya, Jollibre, 2017






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