Ashes [NOOK Book]

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Berlin, 1932. Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Schramm's world is slowly, but steadily, crumbling as Adolf Hitler rises to power. The only thing that soothes Gabriella is her favorite pastime-reading. But then her country's tensions rise, the streets fill with soldiers, Gaby's sister's boyfriend raises his arm in a heil Hitler salute, and a family friend-Albert Einstein-flees the country. And her only solace-her ...
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Overview

Berlin, 1932. Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Schramm's world is slowly, but steadily, crumbling as Adolf Hitler rises to power. The only thing that soothes Gabriella is her favorite pastime-reading. But then her country's tensions rise, the streets fill with soldiers, Gaby's sister's boyfriend raises his arm in a heil Hitler salute, and a family friend-Albert Einstein-flees the country. And her only solace-her books-come under attack. Will Gaby have to leave behind the stories-and the life-that she has always loved?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this thoughtful historical novel, Lasky (the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series) chronicles Hitler's rise to power in 1932 Berlin through the intelligent narration of 13-year-old Gaby. The action proves sluggish initially, though it establishes Gaby as a voracious reader growing up in an intellectual, literate family, with a physicist father who works with Einstein and a musically talented mother. Each chapter begins with a well-chosen quote from one of Gaby's beloved books, including The Call of the Wild and The Sun Also Rises. The pacing picks up as Gaby witnesses the rise of the Nazis; she realizes her family's sensible maid supports Hitler and overhears a baker's anti-Semitic remarks. Gaby begins a “Diary of Shame,” a mounting list of morally troubling moments, as when she salutes Hitler in school. Suspense builds as teachers lose jobs and as Gaby's sister becomes more seriously involved with her Nazi boyfriend. When book-burning threatens Gaby's precious books (and free thought in Germany), Gaby and her family must make critical, costly choices about their future. Gaby's questioning but assertive nature helps form a compelling, readable portrait of pre-WWII Germany. Ages 11–up. (Feb.)
Booklist
[A] gripping story about Hitler's early rise to power...From the opening quote...the personal and the political history will haunt readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Lasky's novel, set in Berlin in 1932, opens with an author's note that provides historical background. Gaby Schramm, 13, is an avid reader of world literature, and annoyed that her math teacher confiscates her books. Her unease grows when brown-shirted SA troops of Hitler's private army start occupying the city, signaling a distinct shift toward repression and anti-Semitism. Gaby's father, an astrophysics professor and colleague of Albert Einstein, is troubled that Einstein's work is labeled "Jewish physics," and Gaby's mother begins to fear for the safety of her Jewish friend, Baba. Although fascinated by her stylish literature teacher, Gaby withdraws from school after Fraulein Hofstadt presses her to join the Hitler Youth. Then her older sister becomes pregnant and plans to marry Karl, whom Gaby suspects of being a Nazi. Even when the family vacates to their summer house on a lake in Caputh, they cannot escape the darkening political climate, while back in Berlin, banned books are burned on a mammoth pyre. With a compelling plot, a strong sense of place, and vivid characters, the novel brings to life Hitler's inexorable rise to power and its impact on an intelligent German family forced to reconsider its loyalties.—Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
Horn Book
Lasky interweaves the personal and political with skill.
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Schramm begins this first person narrative with a brief summation of her life. Gabriella's father is a professor of Photo-astronomy at the University of Berlin. He has taught his Gabriella to be curious about the universe and to think for herself. These simple freedoms, however, are jeopardized in Berlin in 1932 as Adolf Hitler begins his rise to power. Gabriella's sees changes in the behavior of teachers as novels are confiscated from the students. The presence of the Brown Shirts and her suspicions about her sister's boyfriend make her afraid. This novel seems to move slowly at the beginning, but as the story progresses, the reader realizes that Lasky has matched the pace of the story to the pace of the events surrounding Gabriella. Quotations from classic literature at the beginning of each chapter underscore Gabriella's love of reading. How can these books be harmful to society? Why are books being destroyed? Gabriella's story, along with Lasky's prologue, will give young readers a better understanding of this terrible time in history. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
VOYA - Lona Trulove
Gabrielle Schramm is an inquisitive fourteen-year-old girl living in 1933 Germany when Hitler comes to power. Gaby's father is chairman of the Department of Photoastronomy at the University of Berlin, and her mother is a pianist. Her family has a comfortable life in Berlin that includes a nice home, a housekeeper, and well-known German friends, including Albert Einstein. The terror and violence that Hitler brings to Germany is not only targeted at the Jews and Communists but also intellectuals, artists, and writers. Gaby and her family begin to feel the effects of the Nazi regime, and life as Gaby knows it ceases to exist. The historical information is well written and important to the plot. The novel excerpts at the beginning of each chapter are a wonderful addition to the richness of the story line. It is an important read for studying the Holocaust because it gives perspective to how Hitler rose to power and the immediate aftereffects. Although the main character is a girl, the book is definitely not a girls-only story. The addition of Albert Einstein, interesting astronomy tidbits, the Hitler Youth, and peer pressure make it a good read for all middle school students. Reviewer: Lona Trulove
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101185230
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 363,547
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 327 KB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Kathryn Lasky has written many fiction and nonfiction books for children, including the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series upon which the computer-animated Warner Brothers film "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," is based. Ms. Lasky is also the author of the Newbery Honor Book Sugaring Time. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Amazing every time

    I have read this book about 5-6 times now. It is a type of book you can never get sick of.

    Gabriella Schram is a sensible girl. Althought she is not Jewish , her family is very kind to Jewish people. It takes you through a girls eyes on What it was like to live in 1930's in Germany. Her oppinion is greatly expressed. Every thing is expresed well. It is a bit girly but very intriguing. I definltly sugfest this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    pretty good

    i saw this book in my school library and picked it up bcuz i think that ww2 geremay is fascinating. i liked it a lot and my friend does too. the ending was a cliff hanger, and not very satisfying, though: (

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Soooooo Good

    This was one of my books from the summr reading and it was so good .i loved it (couldnt even put it down)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Excellent

    This book was beautifully written with mystery and susspense. Loved it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Best book ever!

    I loved this book i read it in 7 and a half hours it was sooooo good i couldnt put it down!! I hope theres a sequel! :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    I really enjoyed this book, except for a few parts...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    Great

    Fantastic and keeps you reading love it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 15, 2014

    Venomkit

    Races in like liquid, twelve adder faces poking out of his thick fur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    OH MY FU<_>CKING GOD

    SweetKit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Burning cinder

    No sorry its res eleven

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great

    Sad and very able to make you think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Shadowmist

    She ns and picks up the moe and hawk starting to drag them back. She sighed remember the horse-cow (its what the called a deer) she and Cloudstar had caught once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Sparrowflight

    Glances back at her but keeps going.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Firepaw

    Waits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Ravenflight

    Hi littlebird! Can you tell me a story?

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    Posted July 3, 2013

    Lionfire

    Paddes in to listen to the elders gossip and tell stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Help fast

    Is this nonfiction?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Oh em jay awesome

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Book review

    Wow i got my summer reading list for schoool nd this was one of the books is it goood

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