My Family for the War
by Anne C. Voorhoeve
I have been spending a good bit of my time researching the British
involvement in World War II, lately. I came across a young adult novel
about a girl who fled Berlin, before the start of the war on one of the
kindertransports. I have to say, I was unaware that Jewish children
were evacuated from Germany without their families, alone and confused.
Learning a tid bit like this is why I love historical fiction.
Like The Book Thief, My Family for the War, gives
the reader a look into the lives of German citizens. It is also a great
coming of age story. Ziska is able to face the world alone, like in
most good stories about kids, but in this case it does not begin with
the death of a parent. Instead, Ziska is sent to face this uncertain
time in history to live out the war in London.
This is definitely a young adult book, but if you have an 8th grade
or above, who has an interest in historical fiction, I would check out
this novel. It will be on my ninth grade book club list next year.