That’s right! I’m determined to return to my weekly IMWAYR posts. I read entirely too many middle grades and young adult books NOT to! Of course.. I did take a little hiatus of sorts over the winter while I revived my Holocaust obsession and read through MANY adult books.
These are just a few of the ones I can recall right now. They’re all nonfiction except for Those Who Save Us, which I really enjoyed. The best nonfiction I think was The Nazi Officer’s Wife. It’s about a Jewish woman hiding in Germany under a false identity who falls in love with a Nazi officer. Seriously good.
I also took a little detour at the end into Russian history territory. Specifically, how those in Russia were affected during the Holocaust. I went back in time before that and found a NEW obsession – the Russian Royal Family, the Romanovs. Wowie wowza!
Now that my self-indulgent history-reading binge is over, I’m back to middle grades and young adult books. I did find a few of those books for middle school students and tore through them so that I could recommend them to my own students!
I found and read this book about Anastasia Romanov. It’s historical fiction, as the diary is completely made up (although based on true events). Some of it was trivial, as it’s a young girl’s diary, but I bought a copy for my classroom and hope to find the right readers for it. Of course the end is the best part, as the last few chapters led up to the Romanov family’s execution. None of the content is questionable (or even scary) in any way, so don’t hesitate to put this book in the hands of any reader capable.
One more review for this week – I’ve had Someone Named Eva on my shelf for the past three years, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Well, I’m so glad I finally did!
What a “different” Holocaust story this one turned out to be! Milida is eleven when she is taken from her family and forced into an orphanage for blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls. There, she is taught to be a proper German girl so that one day she can be a proper German wife. She is later adopted by a German family who treats her well. All the while, she struggles to remember her real family. It’s really, really good! I gave this to one of my 7th grade girls who is also Holocaust-obsessed, and she also gave it her stamp of approval. I plan to add this to my literature circle choices in the future! Like the previous book, none of the content is questionable or inappropriate, so push, push, push!
Next week I’ll share the NEWEST dystopian that is SURE to be a major hit!!!