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Someone Named Eva

In YA Book Reviews on August 16, 2013 at 1:39 am

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Title: Someone Named Eva

Author: Joan M. Wolf

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: 2007

Length: 193 pages plus Author’s Note

Publisher’s Blurb:

A gripping tale of one girl’s struggle against the Nazis. “Remember who you are, Milada.” Milada’s grandmother says these words on the night the Nazi soldiers come to their home in Czechoslovakia. But what do they mean? She is Milada, who lives with her mama and papa, her brother and sister, and her beloved Babichka. Milada with the sun-kissed hair, eleven years old, fastest runner in her school. How could she ever forget? Then the Nazis send Milada to a Lebensborn center in Poland, and Milada quickly discovers that holding on to her true identity will be the greatest struggle of her young life.

My Thoughts:

There is no denying it. Reading anything about the Holocaust and man’s inhumanity to man during this dreadful part of history is always an emotional and draining experience. Yet, it is extremely important we teach our children about it, and age-appropriate historical fiction books,such as this one, are the gentlest way to impart that understanding. I commend author Joan Wolf for handling the subject matter with such truth and sensitivity. This novel focuses on eleven-year-old Milada who is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as “proper Germans” for adoption by German families, but she struggles to remember her true name and history during her long ordeal. The story is a window to the cruelty of mankind, but also the resilience of the human spirit. Although the characters are fictitious, many of the facts and details about events and occurrences in World War II Nazi Germany are very true. For the most part, this story has been relatively untold. In the Author’s Notes at the end, she gives a very detailed explanation of the Czech freedom fighters and the people of Lidice who paid a horrible price. This is a moving tribute to the people of Lidice and to all the people who ended up as Nazi prisoners. This is a story that will engage, teach, and inspire readers.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Related books: There are many age appropriate books on the subject, but I especially recommend Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (5 Stars), Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank (5 Stars), and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (5 Stars)

 

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