Lily Renée, Escape Artist

From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Her days are filled with art and ballet. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily’s life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England.

Escaping the Nazis is only the start of Lily’s journey. She must escape many more times—from servitude, hardship, and danger. Will she find a way to have her own sort of revenge on the Nazis? Follow the story of a brave girl who becomes an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Graphic Novels, Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.8
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JNF007010, JNF007020
Dewey 940.53'18092
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.375 x 9.25
Lexile 510
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 145941
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline

Author: Trina Robbins

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe™.

Illustrator: Studio C10

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Illustrator: Anne Timmons

Anne was born in Portland, Oregon, and received her BFA from Oregon State University. In addition to her collaboration with Trina Robbins on the Lulu Award-winning GoGirl!, Anne's work includes the Eisner-nominated Dignifying Science and Pigling: A Cinderella Story for Lerner's Graphic Myths and Legends series. She has illustrated and painted covers for children's books and provided interior and cover art for regional and national magazines, including Wired, Portland Review, and Comic Book Artist. Anne's art also appears in the anthology 9-11: Artists Respond and is now in the Library of Congress.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2012