World War 2 as experienced by a perceptive and wise child. We follow eight-year-old Hania\Ania to the small cellar in the Warsaw Ghetto (where she reads Gone with the Wind in Polish and doesn’t think much of it). At the last minute, she is spirited away to a convent. After the fall of Warsaw, she flees with a nun to tenuous safety on a farm. Frequently required to make life or death decisions for herself, the child keeps a cool head and a sense of self-worth which is nothing short of heroic. As gripping as a thriller and beautifully written.