In the Blink of an Eye is a wonderful book not only as an important addition to works about the Holocaust but as a universal story of triumph of the human spirit. Lynn Solte is a gifted story teller. I couldn't put the book down.
A book filled with suspense, action, betrayal, love, and honor just for starters. It begins with a supper. And then, as suddenly as it actually appeared: Kristallnacht and its aftermath. Ms. Solte's retelling of that time and place perfectly modulates the truth of those events addressed to the young adults for whom the book is intended yet, most importantly, she never diminishes the enormity of Kristallnacht's implications, all of which actually did come to pass. The author dramatizes here moments of growth and choices of courage by various of her characters.
In the Blink of an Eye was one of the most creative pieces of work I have ever read. It was suspenseful and very, very vivid. I could imagine everything that was occurring. The novel touched my heart in the most personal way.
High School Student
What a wonderfully emotional story that can be enjoyed by all ages. It is especially suited for today's children so each can understand and parallel the Holocaust with the events of this generation. As the plot unwinds one cannot foresee the direction, which makes the story line so compelling that it is difficult to put the book down.
Eighth Grade Teacher
This is a book that should be on every school's required reading list. Emotionally descriptive and suspenseful, the story will grab the reader's attention (no matter the age) and keep it until the story is through. The setting is thoroughly researched and the characters are endearing to the reader from the first page. I found it very clever to use the voice and observation of a young child to elucidate adult conscience and philosophy. Congratulations to the author for such a successful, intelligent book.
Lynn Solte's historical novel is a literal page-turner. I broke from reading it only long enough to feed my cat and me supper, and then I continued reading while I ate.
The story is told as a young girl's experience of her family's will to survive and escape Hitler's beginning of the expunging of Jews, yet not knowing why he was doing that.
This fast-paced, smoothly delivered story has the right amount of description of people, places, and events, i.e., only that which real life persons in that situation would learn. The author correctly provides no asides. A glossary explains the few, appropriately used non-English words and phrases.
This wonderful book is written for people of all ages, too. Although I'm an old man, I had no problem identifying with the family. I related mostly to the girl's mother because I knew what my single parent mother had gone through just to provide for us kids. I had gone through some tough times, too, as a breadwinner for my family. But my mom and I didn't have anyone wanting to kill us.
An emotionally compelling, moving story set in 1938 Nazi-occupied Vienna. The story is told through the eyes of a courageous seven year old, introducing young readers to the Holocaust. This book has a hook, as it makes you want to read on. It keeps your interest as you want to know what will happen to Rachael and her family. A must for young readers, it should definitely be included in school libraries and on school reading lists.
A deeply moving story. This book captured my attention from page one and held me to the end. For children and adults, it's a beautiful and moving book. Today's world events give this story special meaning.
Lynn Solte is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Now semi-retired, her professional career was spent writing/designing fund raising and promotional material for large non-profit organizations, including Easter Seals, the Concert Association of Florida and the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics. She is currently working on a second YA historical novel and running a résumé and cover letter writing business. Originally published in 2002, In the Blink of an Eye is her first novel.