What If? Magazine - December 1, 2009
"Intriguing and quite unique...The reader will undoubtedly find much to think about. I would recommend What World is Left to anyone interested in this often-overlooked piece of history."
Montreal Review of Books - July 31, 2009
"Polak's story breathes life into a period fading from memory."
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2009
"This well-written, painful story is a good addition to the genre of Holocaust fiction… Recommended."
Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2009
"Full of hope...This volume makes for great reading and an excellent resource for a school library."
School Library Journal - April 1, 2009
"[This] realistic novel, written in memoir format, raises questions of moral principles and beliefs while it portrays the horrors of the Holocaust."
VOYA - April 1, 2009
"Well written, thought provoking, and a solid addition to the canon of Holocaust fiction - perfect for reading lists and teens who enjoy historical fiction."
YALSA YA Galley Teen Review - March 1, 2009
"This book is well-written, the characters are developed so well you can relate to them, the setting is described such that you can picture it in your mind, and the action and suspense make you keep turning the pages."
The Rover - January 11, 2009
"Takes the reader to the heart of the horror by creating a character whose vivid confusion, disbelief, and innocence are immediate and powerful."
The Montreal Gazette - January 6, 2009
"The pressure and urgency of inspiration, not to mention tears and blood, is palpable everywhere."
TeensReadToo.com - January 1, 2009
"An excellent novel—a great tale of overcoming adversity in a time of such dark despair."
Tucson Unified School District - January 1, 2009
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee - January 1, 2009
"The descriptive narrative is cohesive, well-constructed, and compelling and provides a different view of what a man deemed necessary to survive.
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"This book certainly holds its own in the canon of Holocaust-based fiction for the young adult audience...Polak balances this [dark reality] with uplifting moments of friendship, family tenderness and even romance."
The Chronicle Herald - November 9, 2008
"A powerful story of growing up in unspeakable conditions, of human suffering, loss and, ultimately, hope."
by: Nikki Tate, "All Points West," CBC Radio One - November 6, 2008
"The underlying truth of what happened and how her family survived is really what makes this utterly compelling fiction…I am so grateful to [Monique and other authors like her] who tackle these really difficult stories and write unflinching books for teenagers."
Booklist - November 1, 2008
[Starred review] "Heartbreaking. An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum."
CM Magazine - October 24, 2008
"Through Anneke's eyes, author Monique Polak presents an astonishing and depressing event."
Publishers Weekly - October 13, 2008
"[Offers] a candid look at a father's presumed collusion, a perspective rarely seen in YA literature about the Holocaust."
The Jewish Independant - September 26, 2008
"A very personal, thought-provoking and, ultimately, hopeful book."