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Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Beginnings Friday: Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Book Beginnings on Friday
is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

(I'm about to crack this open so thought I'd do a post about it. I want to read it but at the same time, if it let's me down I'll be really upset. What do you guys think?)

"May 1945- Peter: Austria, Mauthausen, Sick Bay I think I'm still alive. But I'm not sure. I'm ill. I must be because I'm lying down. We never lie down. In the camps there's no such thing as rest."

- Prologue; page 1

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Andersen Press (October 26, 2010)/ UK (September 2, 2010)
Language: English

Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?

In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.

As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.


RaĆ­la said...

Annexed sounds super awesome, and the cover looks amazing. I can't wait to read, since I loved The Diary of Anne Frank and I'm now reading The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. :)

Anne said...

"Griffen Colburn knew something was wrong the moment he slid into the driver's sear"

Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Emma said...

Oh wow, this sounds amazing.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh wow Kim! That rocks! I can't wait for the review.

Here is my Friday tease

Cat said...

A great opening - I hope you enjoy the book. I'm thinking it will be a tearjerker.

Jennie Smith said...

I just found this one today and I am super pumped about it. I teach Anne Frank so I can't wait to read this one and use it as another resource! Thanks for sharing!

Becky (Page Turners) said...

Wow, this sounds like an amazing read for a young audience! Really relevant on social issues and makng younger people think about those bigger issues. Love it

Shakespeare's Muse said...

This sounds like a intense read! I have to be in the mood to read a Holocaust book, though, because it's such a heavy issue and can be easily depressing. But there is some incredible literature that came out of it for sure, so hopefully this is one of those. :) Can't wait for the review!