Art Spiegelman's compelling reconstruction of the Holocaust, Maus I and II is a comic book that goes where no comic book has gone before. The author-illustrator, whose work won a Pulitzer Prize, depicts the Holocaust through the accounts of his father and the women in his life, all survivors of the concentration camps. The Jews and the Nazis are respectively portrayed as mice and cats, but this history is rich in human emotion and conflict. As Spiegelman interviews his father and his second wife Mala, he learns about the fate of European Jews bound for death, and the chances and mischances that finished off some, while saving others. Maus traces the tragic arc of Jews from the ghettos to the camps, intertwined with the author's road to self-discovery as he comes to understand how history has affected his alienated and depressed father. Biography and autobiography intersect in a serious work that will captivate and educate young adult readers about a catastrophic era of world history.