What the Night Sings

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Young People's Literature

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper book cover
ISBN 9781524700386
Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
Vesper Stamper author photo, credit: ©Katrina Sorrentino
Vesper Stamper

Vesper Stamper is an author and illustrator living in the Northeast with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two children. She has an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts, New York City. More about this author >

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After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.