In 1930s Berlin, young Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother, watches the world around him crumbling: people are rioting in the streets, a strange yellow star begins appearing in shop windows, and friends are forced to move—or they simply disappear.
After his father becomes gravely ill, Henrik and his little sister, Greta, are taken by their mother to Poland for safety. However, not even the pastoral surroundings of their new home can protect them from the terrors of war. When the Nazis invade and Greta is kidnapped, Henrik must shed his youthful innocence and search for his lost sister, a quest that will further reveal a harrowing landscape of violence and struggle-but also unexpected connections.
Uniquely told from the perspective of youth plunged into adult chaos, Pastel Orphans is a coming-of-age story that explores profound lessons in self-belief, kindness, and human endurance.
Revised edition: This edition of Pastel Orphans includes editorial revisions.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reading this book, you don't know how it ends but you know that bad things are going to happen. It will fill your heart with so much sorrow you don't know how you will handle it. Gemma Liviero tells the tell of a mixed race family in Germany (Jewish father and German mother), at first they can not believe what they read and hear of Hitler but when it becomes truth Henrik and his sister Greta are taken to Poland for safety. Their father is ill and stays behind, but he has bought new identities for his family so they will be safe. But sadly Poland is not much safer and Greta is kidnapped and taken for the "new" Germany. Henrik leaves his mother and Aunt behind to find his sister and enters a world were you will do anything to survive and you hold hope close to your heart. The flow of this book is wonderful, the chapters are told from different perspectives witch make it real and haunting. Everyone has a story, everyone has sorrows, there is goodness and evil but, Goodness in its own way comes through in the end.
The cover tells much about the story contained in this book's pages. Two vulnerable young children, alone, running away into the unknown. There is much to love about this World War II story. As the Nazis gain power in Germany, half Jewish, Henrik, his Aryan mother, and his little blonde and blue eyed sister flee to Poland to live with a relative where they can be safe from the Germans. But soon, the German soldies infilitrate Poland too. They steal Greta from them, devastating Henrik's mother. Henrik makes it his mission to find and rescue his little sister from the clutches of the kidnappers. As he leaves home to begin his search, he becomes involved with members of the Resistence. And his life will never be the same as he risks life and death in his quest. Although stories involving World War II are my least favorite genre, I must admit that I was thoroughly pleased with this novel. I think it's because it is written from the point of view of the civilians who suffered rather than the military / political point of view. And this gave it a very poignant and human flavor. Love and hate, life and death, despair and hope, are all underlying themes. Easy to read, fascinating characters, treachery, and numerous plot twists made for quite a page turner. With it's highly satisfying ending, there is much here to entertain. Highly recommended.
Reads like a teen novel in places but a very good read