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Throughout, the author skillfully weaves in important aspects of the Kinder experience. Ziska tries desperately to find a sponsor for her parents, experiennces confusion over her identity and religious beliefs as she bonds with her adopted family, feels guilt for those left behind, especially Bekka. An ongoing thread about Jewish ritual and law, especially as it relates to fertility, contains some inaccuracies, which is regrettable, given the context. A glossary would have been helpful. Though occasionally convoluted, it is ultimately a poignant, thoughtful work.

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Email address:. Her real father is dead, she has no siblings, and for a long time, she feels abandoned by her mother since her mother sent her away on the kindertransport. What should a child of a decade make of that? The Shepards truly love her, and she comes to be an integral part of the family, especially as Gary goes to take his place in the war effort.

My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve

Amanda is the mother who loves and comforts her, and lots of time elapses between letters from her German mother. There is a huge wall between Frances and her German mother, erected by both their war-time experiences.

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Through all they experience, the story ends realistically, though not particularly happily. This is yet another thing that makes the story seem so real. This quote sums up Frances overwhelming emotions through much of the story very well:. Tears welled in my eyes, and I ran up the stairs to my room and threw myself on the bed.

I wished, with all the misery out there, the struggles of Mamu and Papa, of Bekka, and Walter, who sewed zippers all day long and still wore a tattered coat, that I at least had the decency to be poor too. She starts out as an impressionable girl, half in love with her adopted big brother, who is the epitome of kindness and concern toward her. As Frances gets older, she becomes the one her parents depend on, and she even begins to take her place in the war effort.

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The story ends with most of the questions unanswered, which again, makes it seem entirely realistic. There is absolutely nothing graphic in the story, but the themes and emotions are definitely more mature than the typical juvenile pick.

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This book made a huge impression on me, and I give it a Highly, Highly Recommended. Dial Books,