The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Die by Peter Lantos



‘The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Die’ is a heart warming story of life, death and the never-ending love of families. It tells the story of so many children who suffered throughout the Holocaust. The most incredible thing is that this is in fact the story of Peter Lantos’ very own childhood. I would recommend this book to 11-13 year olds who want a compelling read.  By: Emily (age 12). Rating: 5/5.

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The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Die describes an extraordinary journey, made by Peter, a boy of five, through war-torn Europe in 1944 and 1945. Peter and his parents set out from a small Hungarian town, travelling through Austria and then Germany together. Along the way, unforgettable images of adventure flash one after another: sleeping in a tent and then under the sky, discovering a disused brick factory, catching butterflies in the meadows – and as Peter realises that this adventure is really a nightmare – watching bombs falling from the blue sky outside Vienna, learning maths from his mother in Belsen. All this is drawn against a background of terror, starvation, infection and, inevitably, death, before Peter and his mother can return home.