Julek has assumed countless different identities, lived with many families, and worked as a secret agent for the Resistance. He was raised by strangers (despite having at least two mothers), and he knows how to speak the language of dogs. All this at the tender age of fourteen!
Julek's story begins in Warsaw on the eve of World War II and ends in Paris after the liberation of the city. We witness the darkest hours of the past century and the effects of war through the eyes of an extraordinary boy who, despite the challenges he faces, never loses his sense of wonder. Julek's adventure becomes an incredible lesson in survival and a testament to the power of the imagination.
Equal parts "Life is beautiful", "The diary of Anne Frank", and "The book thief", Joanna Gruda's english-language debut is a moving novel that will delight adult and young adult readers alike.