Meme: Musing Mondays (July 22)
The weekly Musing Mondays meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
I just bought Annexed by Sharon Dogar.
I read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank when I was a tween, and it was one of the most moving things I’d ever read.
I was intrigued when I read that Annexed was a fictionalized account of Anne’s stay in the Annex and the events after her capture, but told in the POV of Peter (Van Pels) – the young boy who was also in hiding in the Annex with Anne and her family. I wondered if the author was able to pull it off – and best way to tell is to read it for myself!
Here’s the product description!
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?
In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting.
As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them?
Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.
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