RELEASE DATE: April 1, 1989
The creator of the Anastasia books in addition to extra severe fiction (Rabble Starkey, 1987) presents her first historic fiction—a narrative concerning the escape of the Jews from Denmark in 1943.
5 years youthful than Lisa in Carol Matas’ Lisa’s Battle (1989), Annemarie Johansen has, at 10, recognized three years of Nazi occupation. Although ever cautious and petrified of the ever-present troopers, she is basically unaware of the extent of the hazard round her; the Resistance saved even its individuals safer by telling them as little as attainable, and Annemarie has by no means been instructed that her older sister Lise died in its service. When the Germans plan to spherical up the Jews, the Johansens absorb Annemarie’s pal, Ellen Rosen, and faux she is their daughter; later, they journey to Uncle Hendrik’s home on the coast, the place the Rosens and different Jews are transported by fishing boat to Sweden. Other than Lise’s offstage demise, there may be little violence right here; like Annemarie, the reader is protected against the total implications of occasions—however will probably be caught up within the suspense and menace of a number of encounters with troopers and in Annemarie’s brave run as courier on the evening of the escape. The e book concludes with the Jews’ return, after the warfare, to properties properly saved for them by their neighbors.
A deftly instructed story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not just for their king, who was within the behavior of driving alone in Copenhagen, however for his or her Jews.
(Historic fiction. 9-12)
Web page Rely: 156
Writer: Houghton Mifflin
Overview Posted On-line: Oct. 17, 2011
Kirkus Opinions Problem: March 15, 1989
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