Miep and the Most Famous Diary

The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank's Diary

Winner - Best of 2019 Kids Books - Most Inspiring Category

The story of Anne Frank and her diary is one of the world's most important and well-known, but less is known about the woman who sheltered Anne and her family for years and, ultimately, rescued Anne's diary from Nazi clutches. Miep Gies was a woman who rose to bravery when humanity needed it and risked everything for her neighbors. It is because of Miep we know Anne Frank--and now, this is Miep's story.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey E
Lexile 860L
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Guided Reading Level T
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110250), PDF (9781534146303), Hosted ebook (9781534146648)
Copyright 2019
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Best of 2019 Kids Books - Most Inspiring Category, Winner

School Library Journal - Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary.

This book somberly and beautifully depicts what life was like for the Franks and others who fell inside the Nazi sphere of influence during World War II. A truly valuable resource.

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review - Miep and the Most Famous Diary

When the Nazis came for Anne Frank’s family and the other Jewish friends who had been hidden in the secret annex, Anne left behind the diary that would be read and cherished around the world.It was Miep Gies, with help from her husband and a few others, who hid and cared for them for two years, all risking their own lives. Anne wrote in her diary constantly, chronicling her loneliness and fears as well as the events and relationships she observed. Miep knew the Nazis would be back to steal the belongings, but she knew she could not let them find that diary. She locked it away to await Anne’s return. But Otto Frank was the only one who survived. Anne’s mother died of starvation, and Anne and her sister both died of typhus. Miep gave Otto the diary but never read it until long after it had been published. Anne wanted to be a writer, to be remembered, and her beloved diary achieved that for her. Pincus narrates the terrible facts accurately, not understating them but not allowing the horrors to overwhelm the intensely heroic accomplishment of this kind, courageous woman, employing quotes from Miep’s own writing. Solano’s full- and double-page spreads are done in shades of brown and sepia that perfectly capture the somber mood. Endpapers copy the original cover design of Anne’s diary.A beautifully realized homage.

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Author: Meeg Pincus

Meeg Pincus is the award-winning author of 30 nonfiction picture books. She has worked for newspapers, book publishers, universities—and, years ago, at Disneyland. Meeg lives with her family in California, where she loves to write, read, make art, and sing.

Illustrator: Jordi Solano

Jordi Solano was born in Barcelona and although he still lives there, he likes to visit and stay in almost every other country. He studied fine arts and illustration and has been illustrating books for the last ten years. Recent projects include Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark; Beyond the Sixth Extinction; and iDoyle: The Interactive Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia, an interactive book. Stories are his very favorite thing in the world: watching, reading, or telling them, so he’s very happy with the job he has.

  • Beginning of text
  • Author's note
  • More about Miep's courage
  • Timeline of Miep's life
Author/Illustrator biography
Timeline of key events
Full-color illustrations