The Other Half of Life

The Other Half of Life

by Kim Ablon Whitney
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Other Half of Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's 1939, and things have steadily grown worse for the Jews of Germany. Fifteen-year-old Thomas Werkmann has witnessed firsthand just how cruel the Nazis can be, and his mother has scraped together the money to send him to Cuba on the tourist boat, the MS Francis, along with over 900 other Jews hoping to escape persecution. Upon their leaving in Hamburg, Thomas is unwillingly befriended by the two daughters of a German literature professor. Although jealous of the Affeldts and the fact that their family has managed to escape the country together, unlike his own, Thomas finds himself drawn to the 14-year-old Priska, regardless of her seemingly foolish optimism and overly friendly nature. During their two-week voyage across the Atlantic, Thomas - and eventually Priska - grow suspicious about several things that seem to be happening on their ship. Why is the crew treating the Jews with respect when Jews aren't considered citizens anymore? Why is the ship steward, Manfred, so friendly with them - Priska in particular - when he's a member of the Nazi party? Why was the Nazi general, Herr Holz, assigned to this ship when he carries a cane to get around, and why does his injury seem so fake to Thomas? Before the ship enters Cuban waters, rumors begin to circulate, and Thomas and Priska do a little investigating of their own. Is it possible that there might be even bigger problems that may delay their entry into Cuba...and freedom? Although Thomas excels in chess, this may be one game where, as a pawn, he may never be able to win. This story, based on the true account of the MS St. Louis, surprised me, as I had not heard about this incident prior to reading THE OTHER HALF OF LIFE. Poignant and heartfelt, the cast of characters on this ship will stick with the reader long after they've closed the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
super good. the ending wasn't what anyone thought it would be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books before like the hunger games trilogy,the hobbit, the adventures of tom sawyer. Im only 12 but i read classical liteture like shakesphere.(i hope i spelled it right) I have to read this book for my world history teacher the only thing i hate is that i have to wait for wendsdays to come to read the chapters. So what im trying to say is that this book should get book of the year. I absolutely love this book. I love this book and I cant wait until my last wendsday cause I cant wait to see the end. Wish me good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing engaging book to read! I have read 12 books about different events in the holocaust, but this is the only book that was emotional and well written enough to bring tear to my eyes at the end!
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Carmen Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
great stry about ww2