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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  195 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When Hilly’s grandmother becomes ill with Alzheimer’s disease, her family is turned upside down by revelations from her life during World War II.

Hilly’s German grandmother, HeidiGran, comes to live with her family after she gets Alzheimer’s disease. As her mind becomes more muddled, secrets buried in her past start to emerge. Why does HeidiGran keep talking about a girl na
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 4th 2003)
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Sisterland tells the story of seventeen-year-old Hilly and her relationship with her family and friends with a backdrop of ideas about Jewishness and identity. A parallel subplot depicts the coming of age of Sarah, a German Jewish girl evacuated to Britain just before the Second World War.

Hilly's grandmother, nicknamed Heidigran, is coming to live with Hilly's family due to developing Alzheimer's. The things Heidigran says as her condition develops intrigue and confuse Hilly, who wants to uneart
I was disappointed with this one. The concept of the story was what attracted me. A modern girl discovering the secret past of her family from a grandmother who has been hiding things for the past sixty years, it seemed awesome. However, I didn't really care for any of the characters and I hated how I felt like the author kept trying to teach me a bunch of life lessons. How to deal with illness in the family, arguments with siblings, sex, dealing with parents, racial injustice, world issues, the ...more
Heidigran (grandma) is seperated from her family in Germany and sent to England so that she could be safe from the Nazi's. The rest of her family she believes to have died, until her grandaughter discovers that Heidi's sister Rachel is living in Israel. During this time the grandaughter also finds out that her ancestors are Jewish.....that grandmother kept this as well as other secrets.

Although the times are different the issues are somewhat the same because Hilly (the grandaughter) still faces
Danielle Green
Love this book! I think I found it interesting though as I could relate to it as my grandad also suffered from Alzheimer's and the author really understands that heartache that comes with a close family member suffering from this and how it affects everyone around them and really captures it in her writing
I truly enjoyed this book. The author takes on many historical, social, and family issues in such a short book. Hilly's discovery that her grandmother is a German Jew involved in the kinder transport that removed Jewish children from areas taken under Nazi control changes her view of the Holocaust's terrible events and the aftermath that follows for survivors of the war. I liked how the story changed points of view not only using the characters but also through time periods as well. It can somet ...more
Hilary Tesh
This is a story aimed at teenagers, something I haven't been for a long while, but the subject looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. When Heidigran, suffering from the onset of Alzheimer's, moves in with her daughter's family, her seventeen year old granddaughter, Hilly, soon realises that secrets about her grandmother's past are seeping out of her injured memory. The story covers a lot of issues, comparing the past with the present in multiple ways, until in the end it seemed rather ...more
Heidigran comes to live with the Craig family since she is forgetful a lot of the time. So Sisters Hilly & Zoe have to share a bedroom w/Gram moving in. The sisters are more at odds w/their clashing personalities than ever. Zoe is hanging out w/the wrong kind of people, Hilly's best friend Reuben comes out & has his first serious relationship Heidigran is revealing things in her vague moments about people the rest of the family doesn't know. This story is set in England but crosses the C ...more
What if the grandmother you've always known isn't who you thought she was? Hilly's grandmother comes to live with her family when her Alzheimer's makes it impossible for her to live alone. But who are the people her Grandmother keeps talking about, and why is she so worried when the police come to the door? The story alternates between her grandmother's memories of World War II and the present day and Hilly's new friendship with a Palestinian man. Interesting parallels between racism during Worl ...more
Rosie M
I really don't know what to say about this book because it is so great. I didn't expect it to be all that good, but it was. It's written both during the second world war, and in present time, focusing around one girl and her grandmother who isn't who she says she is.

It's a wonderful book and almost anybody will get something out of it.
I had to read this one with my YA reading group. There are just so many issues raised in this book (racism, romance, the holocaust, alzheimer's, sibling rivalry, the loss of virginity, marital breakdown, etc, etc, etc), that no one issue is given enough detail. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy it and neither did my young adults.
Nicely connects the past to the present. The Palestine/Israel connection was something new in a WWII book, though it did have the neo-nazi connection that seems to be in so many of these books. The personality changes were the most interesting part of this book, and the conclusion was very believable.
I thought this book was just amazing. The way that the authoer molds together all the individual stories. Shows us how heartbreaking alheizmer's is for the family of those being lost. I would totally recommed this to a friend.
Long and boring. Ends with protagonist making an ethically questionable decision. Skip this one.
Dec 23, 2007 Liv rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: john (if you liked the shell house you'll love this)
about family love and don't judge people by yht way they are they all have a past
Claire Sadd
lovely book, easily switches between modern times and wartime, thought provoking
family secrets revealed when the grandmother develops alzheimer's
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