Posts Tagged ‘Jews’

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a gripping story set during World War II, as the Nazis are killing the Jews by the thousands. Most of the German civilians are oblivious to what is going on, including Bruno, a nine-year-old boy whose father is a Nazi officer stationed at a concentration camp. To him, the Third Reich is saving the world from disaster. When his father gets promoted, Bruno and his family move to Out-With, a very dreary, desolate and boring place. When Bruno first arrives there, he sees many people in the distance, behind a very tall and sharp-looking fence. Who all have one thing in common: They are all wearing what Bruno thinks are striped pajamas. Bruno doesn’t know what’s really going on until he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who opens his eyes to things that he never could’ve dreamed of. Things like discrimination, injustice and concentration camps. Bruno discovers the problems of the real world, and they’re shocking.


My recommended age group to read this book is ages ten and up because although Bruno is nine years old in the beginning of the book, there are still some pretty tough elements that can be hard to comprehend in this book. Also, The Boy in The Striped Pajamas has a very unexpected ending, so if you’re one of those people who always need happy endings, this is not a book for you. I, on the other hand, thought it was very powerful, and I thought that the ‘unexpected ending’ made the whole conflict seem more real and appalling to me.

My favorite character in this book was Shmuel, because his situation is very pitiful, but he’s also very mature, and he is a lot different from Bruno because he knows so much more about how the Jews are suffering.

If you are intrigued by Holocaust/WWII literature, this would be a good book to add to your reading list.

Number the Stars

Hello Readers,

Sorry I haven’t written a post in so long, I’ve just been kind’ve busy, but never mind that.

Do you ever wonder how awful World War II actually was? Well, look at it from a little girl’s point of view. Annemarie Johansen lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and life became more difficult after the Germans invaded. But when her best friend goes into hiding, will she be safe?

number the stars annemarie

I think this book is very good and will leave you on the edge of your seat! I especially like Annemarie, she is so brave, and she is very mature for her age. Number the Stars is best suited  for girls who are interested in WWII. In fact, this might be a good book to start with for someone who’s not yet ready to read The Diary of Anne Frank. The age level would probably be from 8 and up, or history gurus. (like me)

I hope you really enjoy this book, just like I did.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Read a book about a courageous girl living during the Holocaust as a Jew in Amsterdam. Experience extreme courage and live in a secret annex. Hear the bombs overhead. This is the life of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank was a Jew living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Once the war started, the Franks went into hiding, and Anne started a diary that is well-known today.  I adore Anne Frank, I mean, I’m a lot like her. I like to write things down, or journal, and read a lot. (As you can see as you read my blog) My favorite part of this book is the way Anne explains the everyday, ordinary details of being in hiding. For instance, arguments, romance, and just plain waiting for the war to be over.

The book is best suited for teenagers, so not for little kids.  It is definitely an autobiography, and I strongly advise you to read it if you have not already.  Once you’ve read it, you will understand more thoroughly what World War II really was all about, and how hard it was on Jews. But I would like to warn you that the diary does not end like any other book. It ends very suddenly.   In real life, Anne ends up going to a concentration camp, and sadly, her story doesn’t end well, like most children’s stories. So get ready for a bitter-sweet story that will make you sad, but make you think at the same time.

The Doll Shop Downstairs

These are my dolls, Jesse, (left) and Kit, (right) "reading" the two books in the series. So cute!

“ ‘If you and Mama can’t fix dolls, what will happen to the shop? And what will happen to us?’ asked Sophie. Those are the same questions I want to ask, but I’m afraid to hear the answers.’’

If you are interested in dolls or World War 1, then this is the book for you. The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough is the story of 9-year-old Anna, whose parents own a doll repair shop. But when the war breaks out, Anna’s parents cannot order the doll parts from Germany, so Anna finds a way to help her family and the doll repair shop stay in business.

The character I most like and identify with is Sophie. She is the oldest in the Breittlemann family, and I am the oldest in mine. Sophie can get pretty bossy at times, and so can I. It has just the right amount of love and affection and is based on a true story, which makes it even better. The reading level is 7 and up, though once again I will say that this book is great for all ages.  There is only one other book (so far) in this series, which is, The Cats in the Doll Shop.  This is my 2nd favorite book series that I’ve read this year so if you want to know my 1st favorite, stay tuned for my next buzz!