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Children's LiteratureA group of Australian children pass the time waiting for the school bus by telling stories. Anna is the best storyteller, and her newest tale is not only fascinating but also seems almost real, especially to ten-year-old Mark, who senses much more than just a fantasy. Could Hitler really have had a daughter, an imperfect child hidden away from the world, a little girl who loved her seldom-seen father and knew little, questioned nothing, he was doing on the outside? And did this mean that any child—Mark, for instance—shouldn't question a parent even if his family lived on land that originally belonged to Aborigines and somehow now was theirs? These two threads run simultaneously through this intriguing book for middle-graders, a well-written and believable invention that could really be true. Astute readers will pick up fairly early the implication that Anna has a personal involvement beyond just that of a storyteller, but the truth is kept hidden until the very end. This is a worthwhile book for both its story and the moral dilemmas it raises, and is courageous in leaving them for the reader to ponder rather than neatly solving them. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
— Judy Chernak