Spring 2021

37 Days at Sea

Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

In May 1939, nearly one thousand German-Jewish passengers boarded the M.S. St. Louis luxury liner bound for Cuba. They hoped to escape the dangers of Nazi Germany and find safety in Cuba. In this novel in verse, twelve-year-old Ruthie Arons is one of the refugees, traveling with her parents. Ruthie misses her grandmother, who had to stay behind in Breslau, and worries when her father keeps asking for his stomach pills. But when the ship is not allowed to dock in Havana as planned—and when she and her friend Wolfie discover a Nazi on board—Ruthie must take action. In the face of hopelessness, she and her fellow passengers refuse to give up on the chance for a new life.

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978-1-5415-7912-5
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$13.49
978-1-5415-7913-2
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$7.99
978-1-7284-1754-7
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$20.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Category Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diversity
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 168
Publication Date 2021-05-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV033020, JUV039250, JUV057000
Dewey 940.53/1835
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 700
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, and Timeline

Author: Barbara Krasner

Barbara Krasner publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah: The Writer's Resource for Jewish-Themed Story. She is the author of many articles, short stories, poems, and books. She lives in New Jersey and teaches in the English and History departments of New Jersey colleges and universities.