First Impression Review: Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar

There are so many WWII books out that focus on female relationships and bonds during the war. Often it’s a sister or two best friends who grew close during the war. I haven’t seen any books featuring two boys, in this case brothers, during the war for quite some time which is why this book stood out to me.

I am only a couple of chapters in and have yet to finish it, but the novel touches on many heavy hitting themes, especially because the two boys are Jews during the Holocaust. This book shows promise in a number of areas. The writing is solid and emotional, packing am emotional punch. But for me, it’s the historical research that has endeared this book to me.

If you are in the mood for a heartbreaking story but one that is also full of love, hope and bravery. So far I have really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to finishing it because it truly is a great story–emotional–but wonderful and the writing is great! If you love WWII and memorable stories, this is one you want on your radar for the spring! As of right now, I would rate this book 4.5 stars, a great read!


From international bestseller Mario Escobar comes a story of escape, sacrifice, and hope amid the perils of the second World War.

Jacob and Moses Stein live with their aunt in Paris until the great raid against foreign Jews is unleashed in August 1942. Their parents, well-known German playwrights, have been hiding in France, but before their aunt manages to send them south, the gendarmes stop the boys and take them to the Velodromo de Invierno, where more than 4,000 children, 5,000 women, and 3,000 men had to subsist without food or water. Jacob and Moses manage to flee, but the road will not be safe or easy. This novel by internationally bestselling author Mario Escobar follows two brave young Jewish boys as they seek refuge in the French town of Le-Chambon-sur-Lignon and eventually Argentina. (summary from Goodreads)

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson

About Mario Escobar

Mario Escobar Golderos (Madrid, Spain) has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans. Books.

Connect with Mario

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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One thought on “First Impression Review: Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar

  1. I’m interested in your thoughts at the end of the book, this sounds really fascinating. Thank you for featuring this! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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