My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Lois Lowry ever since reading the Giver, as well as that entire series. This book was given to me by a friend and I finally had a chance to sit down and read it this afternoon. The book is short, as are most of Lowry's, so reading it is a nice afternoon pleasure.
The book takes place during World War II as the Nazis begin to invade various parts of Western Europe. The main characters live in Denmark and the Nazis have just begun a "secretive" roundup of the Jewish people and young Annemarie's best friend's family is about to be taken away. She and her family, who are Lutheran, learn very quickly how to be brave and do what they must do to save the people they love dearly, as well as many of their countrymen.
The author kindly finishes the book with the truth about what is fiction and what is truth, with a pretty even mixture of both. She is aptly able to take us on a very quick and breath-taking ride through a very tense period in the lives of these amazing people. Her incredible writing (as well as award-winning) brings these people to life and you into their heartfelt world in a mere 137 pages. She's a genius.
Highly recommended. Rated PG for content/theme regarding war, but a fantastic read for anyone interested in the time period or in a section of the war that rarely gets talked. I was astonished to learn how remarkable the Dutch are and what they did for the people of their country. We could all learn a lesson here.
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