I'm thrilled to see this in print! I read this 25 years ago when I was in Middle School and it made a tremendous impact in my life. I was lucky enough to find a copy at a garage sale one day a few years ago. I highly recommend this book!
I read this book in middle school and loved it. It's about a ten year old girl that doesn't understand what's going on. Germany has invaded her town and her freinds have stoped talking to her. She isn't allowed to go to school any more simply because she's Jewish.
Like other reviewers, also read this in junior high. It really impacted me, probably because of the first-person true narrative. I loved the Dutch couple and the grandma. So feisty! But it was scary to read; I remember being tense. I don't remember much about the sequel, "The Journey Back." Not as much drama, I guess. I recently read her adult memoir of revisiting Johan and Dientje in the Netherlands with her own children. It didn't flow very well for me, although it was quite moving. It confirms that they had really become almost foster parents for Annie as a child. Not so much Sini, though. Reiss speculates on whether or not Sini and Johan had an affair while they were in hiding, but decides not to ask Sini about it. Yikes!
This is a beautiful book about two young girls time during the holocaust. A wonderful historical novel.
A memorable book, one that will be read and reread for years to come.
My daughter (age 15 when she read it) says this book is "really REALLY good." She highly recommends it!
This book received numerous rewards and excellent reviews. I enjoyed it, but I would make one suggestion, I believe it is a book for very young readers. The narrative and wording is simple to the extreme. I guess I expected better and more engaging prose, similar to Anne Frank's diary.
I remember reading this book when I was about 8 years old. I am now 47 and can still say that this book is one of my favorites. I would highly recommend that our children read this book. It gives great insight into what the war was and how the people of the time sacrificed for each other.