#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: Sarah's Key


For Book Beginnings:
The girl was the first to hear the loud pounding on the door.
- p. 3

 For Friday 56:  
She handed the bread to her father. He told her to eat it. She wolfed it down, too fast. It nearly choked her.
- p. 56


About Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Naturally I had to pick a book that would work out from the Travel the World in Books Readathon! This story is set in France. have you read it?

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