Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy.
In New York of the 1940's a boy tries to befriend a girl traumatized by Nazi brutality in France.
A poignant double portrait of a boy and girl whose lives are changed by the terrible events of the Holocaust. Honest, compassionate writing.
When Naomi, a refugee child from Nazi-occupied Paris who acts ‘crazy,’ moves into Alan Silverman’s building in New York, he does his best to avoid her. They slowly develop a deep and touching friendship "which is a joy in this warming story with its heart-wrenching ending. One of the more honest approaches to the repercussions of WW II" —SLJ.
1978 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction
1978 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1978 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Book
Children's Books of 1977 (Library of Congress)
1969-1992 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults
Myron Levoy is the author of The Witch of Fourth Street and Other Stories,among many other books for children. Alan and Naomi received many honors, both in the United States and abroad. It was nominated for the American Book Award for Children's Literature, and was an honor book for both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Jane Addams Childen's Book Awards. It also won the Silver Pencil Award in the Netherlands.