|| Escaping from the terrors of World War II, Karin gets the chance for a new life in America-but she can't stop thinking about her mother, who she left behind in France Karin Levi's life in Paris was happy and normal. She never dreamed she would find herself hiding in a cramped attic with her family, sitting silently while police went from house to house hunting for Jews and turning them over to German soldiers. Hopeless and scared, only Maman's loving smile and caring touch give Karin the strength to keep going. But soon, Karin and her older brother, Marc, must flee the attic, crossing land and sea in search of safety, and leaving Maman behind. Longing for her mother and a return to their happy life, Karin expresses her love in letters she won't be able to send until the war is over. Dearest Maman . . .