The Extra by Kathryn Lasky


The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

A deeply moving and unique story of survival by the award-winning writer Kathryn Lasky. One ordinary afternoon, fifteen-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up by Hitler's police and imprisoned. Just when it seems certain that they will be sent to a labour camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. Life on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality and the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl is always present. But Riefenstahl also answers the slightest provocation with malice and flaunts the power to assign prisoners to life or death.


This compelling coming-of-age novel takes young teenager Lilo, a Gypsie in 1940s Austria, through the Second World War, from which she emerges sadder, stronger and strangely optimistic about the future [...] Woven into the struggle for everyday existence is the subtly portrayed deepening relationship between the two adolescents, which even survives their separation. Inis Reading Guide

About the Author

People often ask Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky how and why she writes both fiction and nonfiction. The author, who has written more than forty books, answers, I am equally attracted to both types of writing because for me the most important thing is if a story is real. Real stories can be either fiction or nonfiction. I am sure a lot of folks must think I'm rather scattered doing all these different books, Kathryn Lasky admits. But to me, the whole part of being an artist is to get up every morning and reinvent the world. Kathryn Lasky and her husband live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

7th May 2015



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