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The Man from the Other Side

Uri Orlev
AGE: 10-15

This captivating story is based on the real life experiences of a Polish journalist whom Uri Orlev met in Israel long after the war was over. Young Marek, a 14-year-old Catholic boy, lives in an anti-Semitic surrounding and helps his stepfather smuggle food and guns to the Jews inside the Warsaw ghetto ‒ for money, not for any humanitarian reason. However, he soon finds himself helping to hide a man who has escaped the ghetto, and then returning with him. The story follows Marek through many revelations as he learns that he himself is Jewish.

Among the many awards for this book:
Highly Recommended, Foundation for the Collective Promotion of the Dutch Book, 1990
Preis der Leseratten, Germany, 1991
Honor List, Auswahlliste Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany, 1991
Notable Title, Children’s Book Council, USA, 1991
Batchelder Award, American Library Association, USA, 1991
National Jewish Book Award, USA, 1992


Subtle, beautifully crafted, altogether compelling.
Kirkus Reviews

The author's refusal to exaggerate gives the story unimpeachable impact.
Publishers Weekly
This is a story of individual bravery that highlights just how hopeless was the fate of the Warsaw Jews as they fought alone and heroically against the Nazi war machine.
School Library Journal

This book is now represented by ITHL in the following counries: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Yugoslavia, the (Russian) C.I.S., Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The Man from the Other Side
Title The Man from the Other Side
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Dutch, Chinese, Danish, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1988
No. Pages 143 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Ish Min Ha-Tzad Ha-Aher
Representation Represented by ITHL


Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1989
German: Berlin, Elefanten, 1990; pback: Ravensburg, Ravensburger, 1996; Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2007
English: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1991; New York, Puffin, 1995
Danish: Copenhagen, Forum, 1992
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 1995
French: Paris, Flammarion, 1997
Spanish: Madrid, SM Ediciones, 1999
Chinese (simplified): Shijiazhuang, Hebei, 2000; Hefei, Anhui Children's Publishing House, 2014  
Swedish: Stockholm, Raben & Sjogren, 2001 

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