Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Washington Park Profile Reviews THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN

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Profile Books: World War II novel explores child evacuees’ lives
by Kerry Hammond June 2, 2016
The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport

The devastation created by World War II lives on in both fiction and nonfiction as writers continue to grapple with the events that occurred. 

Some might think that the topic is overdone, whereas others believe that an important step to never repeating history is to retell it to each subsequent generation. The Children’s Train is one writer’s attempt to retell and investigate a small facet of this part of history, and the tale is written in such a way as to appeal to a range of audiences, both adult and young adult. 

The Kindertransport was an actual train that took almost 10,000 children, mostly of Jewish descent, away from Germany and the families they knew and loved. These children were taken to England until 1939, when war was officially declared and the borders were closed. Britain agreed to shelter the children in order to keep them safe from Nazi Germany, but the fates of the children’s parents and other relatives were not considered. Many of the children found they had nothing to return to once the fighting was over. 

In The Children’s Train, Zinser conjures a fictional group of children who rode this transport to England. She follows each of their lives, relating their everyday experiences. Running alongside each narrative is that of the loved ones the character in focus left behind. 

The children that left may have faced a lesser degree of suffering, but their stories are just as heartbreaking. Peter Weinberg, a shy violin player who boards the train at the age of eleven, is our protagonist and hero. We quickly empathize with his hard journey: he is separated from his younger sister and relocated to a family which takes him in solely to gain a farm hand. We see him grow into a man at a very young age and take steps to oppose the war.

Although a work of fiction, Zinser’s characters are viscerally real. The subject matter is disturbing yet Zinser delivers a poignant and humane portrayal of the facts. Certain events that took place during the war as represented in the novel are factual, whereas the towns, camps and people are creations of the author’s imagination. These creations, however, bear such a resemblance to the real places and experiences that the reader can feel a sincere authenticity. 

The children’s experiences are difficult at best, but we are still offered some aspects of hope, and the courage these children exhibit is inspiring. The Children’s Train is a story of loss, but it is also one of survival and, perhaps most importantly, love. The book is not to be feared for its dark premise. Rather, it offers the reader a surprising chance to experience the love and hope that the children may have felt, even in the face of fear.
by Kerry Hammond June 2, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Speak Up Against Intolerance

We should always protest hate and bigotry. Peacefully. But we should never be silent.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Barbara Pinhas and her Book Club discuss THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN

Thanks so much to Barbara Pinhas and her smart and insightful book club for hosting me today to discuss THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN.  It's great to share this book with people who have family and friends who rode the Kindertransport or know someone who did, and hear their stories as well.  We missed you Dorothy! (And thanks to Sid for taking this picture!)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport Wins EVVY Award

The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport by Jana Zinser recently Named First Place winner in the Historical Fiction category of the CIPA EVVY Awards

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Aug. 24, 2016 -- BQB Publishing, an imprint of Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company, is pleased to announce that The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport by Jana Zinser of Castle Rock, Colorado has been awarded First Place in the Historical Fiction category of the CIPA 2016 EVVY Awards. The winners were announced on August 20th during the CIPA Award Ceremony.

The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport is a story of World War II when England arranges to take Jewish children out of Germany by train, to save their lives. This fictionalized version of real events is the story of Peter, Becca, Stephen, and Hans whose lives change forever when their parents, terrified for their lives, place them on a train that chugs over the border into Holland, where the children are ferried across the English Channel to new lives far from friends and family.

As Jana tells it, the remarkable story of the Kindertransport children in Nazi Germany touched her heart and would not let go. "Since the moment I heard their incredible, historic tale, they did not leave my mind. They lived in my conscience and would not leave until I told their story."

Terri Leidich, president and publisher at BQB Publishing commented, "The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport is a fictionalized story of a horrific time in history. Imagine putting your children, as young as infants, on a train in order to save their lives, not knowing if you'll ever see them again. We're immensely proud of Jana and what she has accomplished in the telling of this story."

The CIPA EVVY awards is one of the longest-running book awards in the Indie publishing world. It is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF). It is an international award program with entries from all over the world, averaging over 200 entries in 39 book categories. Judges are selected through CIPA's competition judging qualification process and include teachers, business leaders, authors, critics, editors, and readers.

About the Author

Jana Zinser is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and received her masters in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Her past work in politics, public policy, and the media, couple with her determined focus on children and social justice, have uniquely placed her to tell this story. It's a story as timeless and essential as ever, a story that will capture the hearts of the world. Jana lives in Colorado with her children.

About the Publisher

BQB Publishing is the fiction imprint of Boutique of Quality Books Publishing, an independent, award-winning book publisher. Under their two imprints — BQB Publishing and WriteLife Publishing — they combine the high quality you've come to expect from traditional publishers with hands-on, in-depth author involvement to bring cutting edge books from fresh authors to the marketplace.  http://www.bqbpublishing.com

Terri Leidich

Sunday, August 21, 2016

First Place in EVVY Awards

The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport was honored with  First Place in the EVVY
Awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Children's Train is a Finalist in EVVY Awards

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association announced The Children's Train is a finalist in their annual EVVY Awards for historical fiction.  Click here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

RoadmapWriters.com: Joey Tuccio, next best thing in Hollywood!

Roadmap Writers takes screenwriters to the next level, teaching them how to navigate Hollywood, introducing them to Hollywood insiders, and perfecting their 
screenwriting skills.  Joey Tuccio is the next best thing in Hollywood.    roadmapwriters.com

BookGrabbr offers THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN Free Preview

Upload a FREE preview of The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport, on BookGrabbr. Click here to Grabb it. 


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Library Shelf for The Children's Train

Check out your local library for The Children's Train. If it's not there, request the library to buy it. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Free Preview of The Children's Train on BookGrabbr

My publisher, BQB Publishing, just uploaded a FREE preview of my book, The Children's Train: Escape on the Kindertransport, on BookGrabbr
Click here to Grabb it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bublish Excerpt From Chapter 33

In 1941, the Jewish underground resistance had to work with what they had, and sometimes that wasn't much. But Peter and Noah became good at making do and quickly changing plans when things didn't go as expected.

Bublish Excerpt Chapter 33

Monday, June 20, 2016

Baldpate Reading List!

I ate at the fantastic Baldpate Inn in Estes Park this weekend, and on the desk next to the Key Room 
was John A. Daly's book, From A Dead Sleep!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Holocaust Shoe Project

By Alan Morawiec "When allied armies liberated German concentration camps at the end of World War II, they found towering piles of prisoners' shoes. Each pair of these shoes was a mournful representative of the men, women, and children who lost their lives during the holocaust.

My name is Alan Morawiec and I teach middle-school in Littleton, Colorado. But perhaps more importantly, I am the youngest son of a Holocaust survivor. My father Chaim Baruch (pictured with me at left), who passed away in 2009 at 90 years old, was the only member of his family, and only one of two Jews from his hometown of Kobryn, Poland, to survive the holocaust and the Second World War.

The Holocaust Shoe Project is my way of teaching students about the horrors of the holocaust and to help those in the world who are less fortunate. New and serviceable shoes are collected throughout the school year and displayed in my school's lobby during Holocaust Awareness Week (in early April). The shoes are then distributed to local and international charities.

Our shoes have found footholds in Georgia, Colorado, Belarus, Mexico, Haiti, Botswana and other impoverished communities where a pair of shoes is a luxury. More than 39,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed since our inception.

The Holocaust Shoe Project is also my way of participating in tikkun olam - the Hebrew phrase that means - repairing the world through human actions. Tikkun olam implies (in a gentle way) that every person has the obligation to work towards the betterment of the world and the lives of future generations.

Your participation in the Holocaust Shoe Project is welcomed and encouraged. I can visit your school, civic organization, or religious institution and present my father's holocaust story and a brief history of the shoe project." At http://www.holocaustshoeproject.org/AboutUs.html.

Click Here to get involved.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gary Dorion's Silverlight Cafe Historical Fiction Issue

The Children's Train was included in Gary Dorion's Silverlight Cafe: A Crossroads For Authors & Readers' Historical Fiction Issue. Click Here to Read.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award from IBPA

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has chosen The Children's Train as a finalist for their prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award for historical fiction.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Highlands Ranch Book Signing for The Children's Train

Thanks to the Douglas County Library and Lisa Casper for allowing me to attend Colorado authors' book reading and signing for The Children's Train at the beautiful Highlands Ranch Library on Saturday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Signing for The Children's Train March 12

Colorado Author Showcase and Book Signing including The Children's Train.

Discover books by Colorado Authors on March 12, at the Highlands Ranch Library at 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.

Listen to local authors talk about their books. Authors include: Terry Whalin, Jana Zinser, Angela Hollis, J.D. Dudycha, Molly Moorhead Short, Alison Moorhead Kruzig, Dede Stockton, and Cheryl Carpinello.

The authors will each discuss their work, with a book sale and signing to follow. For more information on the Colorado author showcase series, or to apply, email Lisa Casper at: lcasper@dclibraries.org.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Estes Park Book Signing

Come to the Estes Park Library on Saturday February 20, from 1-4  for a Colorado author event. I will be there with The Children's Train.

   There will be presentations and book signings. Hope to see you there in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Trudi LoPreto Review

Readers' Favorite

A vivid, informative story that will pull at your heartstrings is what The Children’s Train (Escape on the Kindertransport) is all about. Hitler’s reign has begun in Germany and all of the Jewish people are his targets. England has agreed to try to save the children. Parents with broken hearts put their children aboard the train headed over the border and to new homes and families, while they remain to face the horrors of being Jews. 

We closely follow the paths of several of the children - Peter, his sister Becca, Hans, Stephen, and Eva. It is a long and scary time of separation, not knowing if your family has made it alive or has fallen under Hitler’s punishment. Peter becomes the hero of the story as he returns to Germany and joins the Resistance in an effort to save his family, his friends, and his country. He quickly learns how to kill the enemy, set bombs off, and help to blow up a concentration camp. Becca and Eva are the two things that inspire him to keep up the fight until victory is won and Hitler’s days are ended.

I really enjoyed The Children’s Train, but it was hard to read because while it was fiction, the facts were very real and very painful. I was on the edge of my seat each time a Nazi soldier appeared and was amazed at the bravery of both the children and adults dealing with each horrifying incident. Jana Zinser has certainly written a book that deserves high acclaim and honor. I believe that The Children’s Train is a must-read account of the kindertransport and of the many young lives that were saved. A great historical fictional story that should not be missed.

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Yorker article on Eric Woolson "The Iowa Caucus's Catnip King"

You've got to read The New Yorker article by Max Rubin
 "The Iowa Caucus's Catnip King" about my friend Eric Woolson, Republican political consultant in Iowa! Such a fun look at a great person everyone wants on their campaign, his catnip business, and the unique politics of Iowa! Fighting like cats and dogs!!