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Karolina is a wooden doll that works as a seamstress in the Land of Dolls. However, when the rats invade her country and kill her people, Karolina is forced to flee and is called to the human world by a kind wind. There, she meets the dollmaker, a lonely old man that owns a toy shop in Krakow, Poland in the year 1939. The dollmaker is stunned when Karolina comes to life, but they quickly become close friends. However, when Germany invades Poland and Nazi soldiers start attacking their Jewish friends, Karolina and the dollmaker work together to help them however they can. This story was the perfect mix of history and fantasy, and the parallels between the doll world and the real world are a great tool to help younger readers understand the impact of the Holocaust and World War II.  -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)

— From The Dollmaker of Krakow


In the vein of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Number the Stars, this fusion of fairy tales, folklore, and World War II history eloquently illustrates the power of love and the inherent will to survive even in the darkest of times.

In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina's courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter--that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.

About the Author

R. M. ROMERO lives with her family and a menagerie of pets in Colorado. The Dollmaker of Krakow is her debut middle-grade novel. You can visit her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524715397
ISBN-10: 1524715395
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English