Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A book review by Madeline Soucie       

 

Ever since Gretchen Muller’s father died while protecting her uncle when she was a child, Gretchen has grown up in Munich under her Uncle Dolf’s wing. She is like his little pet, protected by the National Socialist Party from the bad parts of the world and taught to hate the “dirty” Jews.

But when she meets a Jewish reporter who claims to know a different side to her father’s death, she must choose between taking a leap of faith and trusting him — and altering her life forever — or staying safe under her uncle’s protection. After all, Uncle Adolf would never lie, right?

This story uses fictional characters and real events to tell a part of Adolf Hitler’s life that not everyone may know about: How he became the head of the Nazi’s and their anti-Jew campaign.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Blankman, A.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Liesel Meminger has no idea what home is. Her mother is giving her up, and on the train ride to meet her new family, her brother dies suddenly. In the snow by his grave, Liesel discovers a book, half-buried: The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her foster father teaches her to read, and suddenly all kinds of doors are opening wide to her.

In this book, told interestingly and narrated by Death, we see that even in Nazi Germany, some good still shines through, as a family who was supposed to be part of the Party and fight for Hitler hides a Jew, revolts against book burnings, and loves one another. Liesel and her friend Rudy do some questionable stuff, but all in all I think this is a good book that we can learn a lot from.

 

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