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Fern Schumer Chapman

Inspire your students to think about moral choices. Awaken their desire to learn who they are through writing. Award-winning author and sought-after speaker Fern Schumer Chapman has presented to thousands of people -- from students in all grades at school to adults in book clubs. She brings her audience along on her mother's amazing journey as one of the children rescued from Nazi Germany by a little-known American program called The One Thousand Children project. By encouraging students to put themselves in her mother's shoes, Ms. Chapman guides young people to an understanding of the dislocation of the immigrant experience. Ms. Chapman's programs fulfill state requirements on teaching the Holocaust.


To escape certain death at the hands of the Nazis, Edith is sent by her parents on a solo voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to live in a foreign land.

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Booklist's Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth 2010
  • Nominee YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2010
  • 5th grade Summer Reading List 2010


A moving memoir of a mother and daughter who visit Germany to rediscover their past and face the Holocaust tragedy that haunts them.

  • Selected as one of 25 must-reads for the 2008 Illinois' Read for Lifetime program
  • Featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Optioned for film rights by Hallmark Entertainment
  • Named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award 2000
  • Published in German and Dutch
  • Teacher's Guide available

The Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) named Fern Schumer Chapman the 2004 "Illinois Author of the Year."


       A Child’s Immigration Experience (Grades 3-12) What if your parents told you they are sending you all by yourself to live in a foreign country? Ms. Chapman takes students on her mother’s frightening immigration journey. (Powerpoint)

       The Legacy of the Holocaust (Grades 4-12) Ms. Chapman explains how trauma is transmitted in families. This fulfills state requirements to teach the Holocaust.

       Writers Workshop: (Grades 3-12) Ms. Chapman teaches the craft of writing, inspiring students to discover their identity through story.

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