If I Should Die Before I Wake
About the book:
Somehow, in her mind, she has become Chana, a Jewish girl fighting for her own life in the ghettos and concentration camps of World War II.
Han Nolan offers powerful insight into one young woman’s survival through the Holocaust and another’s journey out of hatred and self-loathing.
Reader’s guide and an interview with the author included.
About the author:
Q. Why does Hilary feel like she fits in with the Great Warriors?
Q. Bubbe tells Chana that she must remember everything. Why is this important?
Q. How can everyone share the same past and the same future yet see it differently? How does her experience with Chana change the way Hilary sees things?
Q. Why did caring for Matel in Auschwitz save Chana? How might taking action, as Chana or Jakub or Bubbe did, affect one’s chances of survival? What are the risks of taking action?
Q. Hilary wonders if she’s wicked. How would you answer her?