Archive for March, 2011

Annexed by Sharon Dogar – The incredible story of the boy who loved Anne Frank

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This is what the dust jacket reads:  

I’m scared.

Scared I’m a coward.

Scared we’re trapped.

Scared that it’s my own

ghost standing at the bottom

of the stairs, waiting for me . . .

That this is it –

all that’s left of my life.

In this incredible re-creation of life in the annexe, Sharon Dogar re-awakens Peter van Pels: his thoughts, his hopes, his fears, his feelings, his words and his dreams.

As I read this book I was drawn into the annexe. When Peter wished to be outside, I did too. When he wanted to scream at the world and yell as loud as he could , no matter who heard him, I wanted to scream too. Slowly Peter begins to fall in love with Anne. He has so much longing for her that he hardly notices all the signs indicating that they may have been found out.

Then the moment comes; the eight in the annexe are betrayed. From here on the book tells of the camps, of the torture, the hangings, the gasing, the screaming, all the death.

 I would recommend this book to older children and adults. It is a wonderful story, although there are obviously terrible subjects such as the Holocaust and impossibly terrifying places like Auschwitz.

This book is definitely worth a five star rating – ***** Thank you Sharon Dogar for writing a wonderful book and helping to keep this important subject fresh in our minds.

Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The amazing sequel to At the Sign of the Sugared Plum.

It is a year after the plague and Hannah is desperate to get back to London and re-open her and her sister’s sweetmeats shop. However Sarah, Hannah’s older sister, is not so sure after all many are saying that the plague may still be around and there have been terrible prophecies indicated to this year – 1666.

When fires begin to rage in London, Hannah is sure they will be stopped. The king is helping put them out afterall.
However as smoke begins to fill the air and block out the sun she’s not so sure.
What if the fire gets to the shop? … What would Sarah say? … What should she do? … How would she get her little sister out alive? …

Join Hannah in this excellent adventure as she along with her younger sister try to escape the Great Fire of London!!