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They call her the Arab of Warsaw.

Some say she’s Jewish. A few know that she’s a girl.
Most agree she’s high on the Nazis’ hit list.

One person believes she could become a hero.

the girl who wouldn't die

Poland, 1939. Arab knows that looking out for anyone but herself is as good as painting a target on her own back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as a boy, lead her street gang, and refuse to get involved.

But though Arab starts the war with just one goal—stay alive—others have different ideas for her. And when a stranger who claims to work with the resistance tries to recruit Arab for a rescue mission, she has to make a choice. Trying to be a hero is a surefire way to get killed. But if she doesn’t do it, who will?

Hard-hitting and unforgettable, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a story about survival, the necessity of resistance, and the hope that can be found when the world is at its darkest.

“An unforgettable read that illuminates genuine hope in a very dark world. In The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, Platt has worked literary magic that not only enthralls and entertains, but says as much about today as it does about the past. Nothing short of a masterpiece.”
— Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"As timely as it is riveting, this gritty tale of one girl’s extraordinary courage in the face of malignant evil grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. Abra embodies the complexity, vulnerability, and tenacity of the human spirit, becoming a flesh and blood monument to love’s power to triumph over tyranny. A transformative story of loss-of-innocence and redemption, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die will stay with you long after you put it down."
— Tawni Waters
BEAUTY OF THE BROKEN, winner of the International Literacy Assn. YA Award

"A thrilling tale of resistance with a capital R. Set during WWII, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a tale for our times, and Abra is a heroine for the ages. My heart pounded from the very first page - I could not put this book down."
— Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Randall Platt


  1. MADE A "SUCCESS" BOARD -Well, that's what I call it. I printed out images that evoke my current projects and pasted them on a poster board. With seven novels in various forms of publication/production and creation, I simply find if I look at the images, I am inspired to carry on with the projects. it reminds me that "When you believe it, you'll see it."
  2. CREATE MY OWN SOUNDTRACK - I create IPod "soundtracks" for my own work in progress. I create a playlist of the tunes which inspire my story and characters.
  3. CUT BACK ON THE FREE ADVICE - I am the sort who will stop and talk to anyone, anywhere about anything. So I don't answer letters or phone calls, but will zap a quick email instead.
  4. SET REALISTIC GOALS - Just because I CAN write fast, does not mean I should, so I no longer try to get it written in two months.
  5. FEWER GROUPS AND FORUMS - I used to belong to several writers forums, clubs and newsgroups, but now only belong to a few and I open my yap only when I have something important to add.
  6. PICK MY BATTLES - Too many things far outside of my control were taking control of my time and mental energies. So, I write fewer letters, join fewer campaigns and stick to the business at hand - being a writer.
  7. TOOK COMPUTER GAMES OFF MY COMPUTER - A minute here and a minute there adds up to vanished hours. I now play only ONE game a day - and that is a crossword puzzle the first thing in the morning to make my head come to life.
  8. CUT BACK ON INTERNETING - Well, if you have read this far, maybe you need to do the same thing. Nah, just joking. Keep Reading. Number 10 scores!
  9. TAKE WORK AND MUSIC EVERYWHERE - I am never without my work-bag. The time we spend waiting adds up. So, even if there is a ghost of a chance that I will be kept waiting wherever I go, I know I will fill that time with work.
  10. TAKE SUNDAYS OFF - Okay, as you can see from the above nine items, I am a workaholic and it's taken me many, many years to realize I need one day to recharge, rethink and reset. Sunday is for family, food, reflection, and many times, sipping champagne. So when 4 am Monday rolls in, I am set for another week.... providing there hasn't been too much of that champagne thing.