Published by Viking-Penguin Group in 2010, 320 pages, for age 11 and up, historical fiction, young adult
This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
The book is written in the first person's perspective, which is Gaby a young adolescent girl. Her feelings are expressed freely in the change in her country, the change in her sister Ulla, and her anxieties about her peers. Many of her neighbors and school friends are disappearing because they are Jewish. The German people are expected to adhere to Hitler and his dream of a blonde hair race of peoples. Gaby has blonde hair, yet does not want any part of this ideology. She is a strong character, she is a person of insight and conviction.
I thought this was an interesting book, I liked it. It gave me (of course fiction) an idea of what an adolescent girl endured during this period in German history. She feels as if she does not have a valid voice because of her age, and because of fears of retaliation. I saw a maturity develop in her during the course of the book.
I especially felt connected to her because of her love of reading. She carried a book with her wherever she went (I can relate).
I counted one curse word in the book (I make mention of this for the parents, some do not want their child to read or hear a curse word).