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The Children of Willesden Lane

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The Children of Willesden Lane
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LanguageEnglish
GenreMemoir
PublisherHachette Book Group
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The Children of Willesden Lane is a memoir by Mona Golabek, documenting the life of her mother, Lisa, from the time she left Vienna, Austria to the end of World War II. It has been adapted into a film and an organization dedicated to empowering people with the arts formed in honor of the book.

Plot[edit]

Lisa Jura was a prodigy who hoped to become a pianist during pre-World War II Vienna. As Nazi attacks on Jews continue in her home country, her parents send her on the Kindertransport to London, England. Several days after arrival, she became a servant at a manor. Sometime later, though, she leaves the manor. Lisa then resides in a hostel for Jewish children on Willesden Lane, where she makes new friends. Continuing her interest in piano, she plays music, inspiring the other children through their problems.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Joanna H. Kraus from Common Sense Media rated The Children of Willesden Lane five stars.[3] BookTrust described the book as "eye-opening".[4]

Awards[edit]

The children's edition is a 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book for Older Readers.[5]

Adaptations[edit]

A theater adaptation of the book, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, was adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.[6][7][8]

BBC Films and Empire of the Sun producer Robert Shapiro produced a movie version of the book released in 2016.

Legacy[edit]

The Hold On To Your Music Foundation has been created in honor of Lisa Jura. Its goal is to raise awareness of how arts can empower people through adversity.

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