The Boy on the Wooden Box

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About The Book

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About The Author

Photograph credit Lis Leyson

Leon Leyson was one of the youngest members of Schindler’s List. He brings a unique perspective to the history of the Holocaust and a powerful message of courage and humanity. Believing that no one would be interested in his story, he rarely spoke about his experiences until the film Schindler’s List received worldwide attention.

A graduate of Los Angeles City College; California State University, Los Angeles; and Pepperdine University, he taught at Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, California, for thirty-nine years. In recognition of his many accomplishments as educator and witness to the Holocaust, Mr. Leyson was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Chapman University.

Mr. Leyson passed away in January 2013, leaving behind his wife, Lis; their two children; and six grandchildren.

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Christopher Award
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Utah Beehive Award Master List
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award Master List (WY)
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • Eureka Nonfiction Honor Book
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor Book
  • Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults - TOP TEN
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • PSLA YA Top 40
  • Michigan YouPer Award

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