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Subject: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
Date Posted: 3/28/2011 10:11 AM ET
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I have to say this is one of my favorite WWII books!  Set in Poland near the end of the Nazi occupation, this is such a moving story.  It reminded me of A Year of Wonders, so tragic but beautiful at the same time.  If you get a chance read this one!  I plan to recommend it at my book club meeting next week.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 10:35 AM ET
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I loved this book.  

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 6:42 PM ET
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Personally, I liked it more than The Book Thief.

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Thanks for posting about this, Meg.  Can you post a tad more about the book?

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 2:08 PM ET
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Bonnie - it is set in Poland and begins with parents dropping off their children because they are being chased by Nazis.  They hope that the children will stand a better chance by themselves begging, or being taken in a by a farmer.  The story pulls many things from the fairy tale, (children in a cage, the oven) sometimes creatively, and sometimes a little corny.  I found the ties to the fairy tale endearing personally.  And overall the book is another great story of life during the German occupation.  This one had a nice twist on it since it was set in Poland and also it concentrated on the Russian presence at that time.  Reviews here on PBS are mixed but I really connected with the charters and enjoyed the book.  As I have mentioned above, I liked it more than The Book Thief.

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 2:53 PM ET
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I will have to try The True Story of Hansel & Gretel.  I read The Book Thief and the book was book but not great.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 10:05 AM ET
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Thanks for the tip!  I'm a fan of the genre for sure, so much so that I've started a list of Best WWII Fiction (I added Hansel and Gretel to the list).  Check it out if you'd like more reading ideas, vote on your favorites, and suggest any more I might have missed! 

~Wendy~

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 7:23 PM ET
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Wendy, what about Night by Elie Wiesel?