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Total grade: 80% B
Sexual content: mild
Underage drinking: none
Total rating: 12+
In 1932 Berlin, blond 13-year-old Gabriella looks like the Aryan purists’ ideal, but her strongly anti-Fascist family members are derisively called “white Jews,” and her astrophysicist father is friends with Einstein, whose theory of relativity is termed “Jewish physics” by the Nazis. From Gabriella’s viewpoint, Lasky tells a gripping story about Hitler’s early rise to power, including the Germans’ bitterness about their suffering after World War I. Though the filling in of background history sometimes feels slightly contrived, the story is strengthened by the complex, individual characters, such as the pro-Hitler maid who is tired of being poor; the beloved teacher, who wants Gabriella to be a Hitler Youth leader; and Gabriella’s sister, who becomes pregnant while dating an ardent Nazi. Like Anne Frank, Gabriella loves American movie stars. She is also a big reader, and at the start of each chapter, there is a quote from authors such as Hemingway, Heine,
When I heard of this book I assumed it would be deeper into the holocaust but this was not what it was. It was the very start of World War Two. It just barely touches that at the end. This book was more about the takeover of
I would recommend this book to students in 20th Century Studies classes as well as World War 2 classes. If your interested in World War 2 this is the book for you.