Child Author Keeps Memory of Holocaust ‘Alive’

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New book by 12-year-old ingénue tells tale of teens on the run from Nazis.

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Merely Alive marks the debut of tween novelist Lalae Mozie, a young girl who writes about a very adult topic: the horrors of war.

“Merely Alive” (published by AuthorHouse), a new work of historical fiction, marks the debut of tween novelist Lalae Mozie, a young girl who writes about a very adult topic: the horrors of war.

“Merely Alive” is set in Nazi-occupied Denmark at the height of World War II. It’s the story of Maya Findroff, a 13-year-old girl whose parents – members of the Jewish resistance – spirit her away to another family to avoid persecution by the Third Reich.

Maya and her friends Rose and Greg are found out, though, and sent to Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp, where they’re forced to muster every ounce of courage and resilience to overcome the pure evil and brutality of their Nazi captors.

The teenagers devise a cunning escape plan, but will it work? And even if they break free, will they ever truly be safe from the Nazis?

These and many other dramatic twists and turns make the briskly paced “Merely Alive” an engaging read for both adults and adolescents. And it's a compelling story grounded in the starkest of realities.

Lalae, 12, says “Merely Alive” was inspired by a school assignment in which she wrote about visiting former World War II-era concentration camps.

“I became both fascinated and repelled by the atrocities and wanted to create a story about how young people managed and survived during this time,” she explains. “I wanted to show the world what it was like to live in that time.”

About the Author
Lalae Mozie started writing “Merely Alive” at the age of 9 while spending traveling around Europe, visiting many World War II sights, including Auschwitz. Now 12, Lalae enjoys writing, acting, and playing sports.

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