Sarah's Key Book Summary and Study Guide

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Julia Jarmond was an American married to a Frenchman living in Paris. Her career as a journalist allowed her to cover an assignment that would change her life. She would learn the true story of the French Vel d'Hiv - the rounding up of Jews during World War II.
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After lengthy research, Julia finds a personal connection with her husbands family and a family that was taken to the prison camps, their young daughter Sarah, and the key she hid from prison guards during her encampment.

This discovery eventually leads Julia to divorce and back to America after 25 years away. Finding yet another connection to Sarah in New York, Julia finally finds 'herself' and love.
Best part of story, including ending: Loved this story because of the emotional way it connects you to the characters.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when Julia gets the strength and courage to leave her husband and Paris.

Opinion about the main character: I liked her strength and determination to find the truth - not just about her investigation but her own life and where it was going.

The review of this Book prepared by Kathy Ediss a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Holocaust

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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