Escape From War

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Frank lives in London's East End. When his father is drafted and his neighborhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside. There, he meets a German Jewish girl named Hannah and learns how much is at stake in the war with Nazi Germany.

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Frank lives in London's East End. When his father is drafted and his neighborhood is bombed, Frank is evacuated to the countryside. There, he meets a German Jewish girl named Hannah and learns how much is at stake in the war with Nazi Germany.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Each flip book contains two short novels that showcase different perspectives and opinions of the same situation. The Brothers' War takes place in Virginia during the beginning of the Civil War. Melody's family is loyal to the Union while her cousin Marshall's family sides with the Confederacy. The overlapping plot here is more evident than in Escape from War. World War II brings together Frank, a Londoner during the Blitz, and Hannah, a German-Jewish refugee. Evacuated to the English countryside, they must confront their own demons and prejudices. Frank's story takes a few chapters to get started and includes some British slang and historical references that may be unfamiliar to most children. The passage of time is unclear. For example, there is no explanation as to why Neville Chamberlain is Prime Minister and, shortly thereafter, the position is held by Winston Churchill. Both books end before the respective wars are over and do not include an afterword to distinguish fact from fiction or to explain events such as Fort Sumter and Kristallnacht.-S K Joiner, Brazoria County Library System, Angleton, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457948
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: My Side of the Story Series
  • Pages: 187
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

James Riordan's first novel, Sweet Children, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    One of the best World War II books I have ever read!

    Thus bok gives you the point of views of a Jewosh German girl and a English boy, who both think they have little in common, but when they finally know the truth about each other's lives they realizes that maybe they are aloot a like.

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