For the last two years, the radio news has brought trouble to eight-year-old Annie de Leeuw's home. When Father hears how Hitler is treating the Jews, he wants to move the family to America. Mother argues they will be safe in Holland. Then she notices Annie and sends her from the room. One May night in 1940, Annie wakes to the sound of planes passing overhead. The Germans have come! When her friends begin to disappear, Father says the family must hide. Suddenly Annie and her older sister find themselves with strangers in a faraway village-and they can't leave the upstairs bedroom. As the weeks turn into months, Annie wonders if being safe really is worth living in a tiny room. Johanna Reiss bases this absorbing tale on her own experiences as a young girl in Holland during World War II.
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by Catherine Atkins
by Meg Cabot
by Johanna Spyri
by Johanna Hurwitz
by Dee Henderson
"Though surely a mystery, the grace that converts a wail into a song cannot be denied. Trapped inside Holland when Nazi armies invade, Johanna Reiss (Annie) recounts the four years she and her sister, Sini, were hidden by a kindly Dutch farm family in their unused upstairs bedroom. Reader Christina Moore's principal voice, as the 10-year-old narrator, disturbs us with its innocent surprise at the rapid changes in Annie's world and her growing awareness of the hate that surrounds her Jewish family. Yet we also discover in Moore's voice a tenuous security in the love of the couple who protect the sisters until liberation. Moore is also stunning as the crackly-voiced grandmother and the petulant Sini. A firsthand account of courage and goodness in the face of evil, this Newbery Honor Book should be an important addition to any middle-school discussion of the Holocaust. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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