Alexander Altmann A10567
"Don't let her know you're scared," Alexander's father had said to him the first time Alexander had sat on Sari's back. Fourteen-year-old Alexander Altmann doesn't need to look at the number tattooed on his arm. A10567; he knows it by heart. He also knows to survive Auschwitz, he must toughen up. Being soft will get him killed. Alexander will take any chance he's given - and when that chance is caring for the German officers' horses he grabs it. He just can't let them know he's scared.
Suzy Zail has written her father's story, The Tattooed Flower, his life as a child survivor of the Holocaust. Her first novel for young adults, The Wrong Boy, was short-listed for the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in the Older Readers category.