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Someone Named Eva

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  4,354 ratings  ·  586 reviews
In 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken from her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, along with other blond, blue-eyed children to a Lebensborn center in Poland. There she is trained to be a "proper German" for adoption by a German family, and all the while she struggles to remember her true identity.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published July 16th 2007 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Betsy
Don't blink or you'll miss it. The arrival of a noteworthy work of historical fiction for kids tends to work one of two ways. Either the marketing machine behind the book hits bookstores and libraries full-force, cramming said book down everyone's throats until they yield and make it a bestseller/award winner... or nothing happens at all. The book slips onto shelves without so much as a squeak, never insisting that anyone go out of their way to find it. "Someone Named Eva" belongs firmly in the ...more
KayLee J.
I currently finished Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. This review is only about the theme of the story,which I like to describe by picking words to describe the theme. I think the the two words that best state the theme of the book are hope & bravery. The first is bravery because Milada was taken away from her family to go to a harsh German boarding school to learn German ways,the language, and life. As well as getting a new name,Eva. It was hard for her since she was Czech and hated the G ...more
Laura
I couldn't put this book down. It is a fictionalized account of a topic I had previously known nothing about--the kidnapping of Eastern European children (e.g., Polish, Czech, etc.) by Nazis to be placed first in Lebensborn centers and later to be adopted as "Aryan" children into German families.

This is a book geared for the juvenile audience. While there is very little in the book that details the horrors of the Holocaust, I think the topic itself would probably be incredibly terrifying to chil
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Nayna P.
I am currently reading Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. I am not that far into the book, so there isn't much to tell you about the story part of it, but I'll try my best. This book was a recommendation by Mrs. Foley, its genre is historical fiction, it is placed in the time when the Nazis ruled. Milda is Jewish, and the day after her birthday the Nazis come. They separate the men and women of the village and take the men away. The women are taken into a gymnasium, wondering where the men of th ...more
Frances W.
I am in the middle of the book Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. This is such an interesting book, it gives you such great detail. An example of the detail is when the author explains about Fräulein Krüger,one of the characters. The author says she was wearing a crisp blue shirt and tight braid. When I first heard about the book I wasn't quite sure, but when I actually started reading it I realized the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover", is very true in ths case. The book starts out with ...more
Christina
I heard so many good things about this book, and I wanted to really love it. I liked it. It was a compelling, personal narrative about a little known atrocity perpetrated against a village in Czechoslovakia. I would give it more like 3.5 stars.
Milada is taken from her family because is looks like the aryan ideal. Most of the other women and girls her age are sent to a work camp for the duration of the war, but Milada is sent for Germanification education in Poland. She is eventually adopted by a
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Rachel Gomez
If you are looking for a historical fiction book, then I recommend you read Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. This book wll give you information about the Holocaust and how people were treated in that time period. Elven year old, Milada, gets her whole life changed and tries to remember who she really is. She is a brave and strong girl, especially after all the emotional changes she has been through. If you want to find out what happens to Milada's life, then you have to read this extraordinary ...more
Sean H.
Its an awesome book. It is about a girl gets taken to Germany Nazi camp. She gets adopted by a German family. She finds her true identity and gets back with her family. I love how the author wrote.
Sheri
Someone Named Eva (Joann M. Wolf)
Historical Fiction. Set in WWII Germany/Czechoslovakia/Poland. Milada is a young Czech girl. She just celebrated her 11th Birthday in May of 1942. Shortly after this celebration her home is invaded by Nazi troops and her family is separated. Her father and brother are taken away, while her sister, mother & grandmother are held at school. Once there the children are separated and inspected. Milada is segregated with other children, she notes the one thing in c
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Erin
This is a youth fiction book, but we read it outloud as we traveled to Las Vegas for Christmas. It tells a story based on actual events in Czechoslovakia during World War II, that I had never known about. The Nazis destroyed the small city of Lidice as revenge for an assassination of a Nazi leader by a group of rebels believed to be from Lidice. They lined up and killed every man and boy, and sent all of the women and most of the children to work camps where the majority of them died of starvati ...more
Barbara Triggs
A young girl is forced to go with her family from their home in Czechoslovakia to a holding area to await deportation to concentration and work camps. Milada is separated from her family and sent to a center for retraining as a German girl. She is renamed Eve and "forced: to abandon all of her former culture and identity to become the bright future of the aryan nation. She is eventually adopted by high ranking Nazi family, who she grows to love. She never forgets who she is, although at times st ...more
Emma
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Kristin
I have read numerous books about the Holocaust. Generally, the young adult books I've read are about Jewish survivors. Someone Named Eva is a book about a Catholic survivor. Malida is a Catholic Czech living in the village of Lidice. Czechoslovakia was under Nazi reign and assigned a "protector", Reinhard Heydrich. At the end of May, 1942 resistance fighters attempted to assassinate Heydrich. Their attempt was successfully in that Heydrich died of wounds he received a few days after the attempt ...more
Jori
BEWARE: SOME SPOILERS.

This is one of those rare books that leaves you in awe; and you can't help but think about it for the rest of the day. I can't even count how many times I've read this book. I love it.
I think that Joan M. Wolf really took the time to research and interview people, which is part of what makes this book so spectacular.
Milada is extremely easy to relate to. She has an annoying older brother, a best friend, a girl that she doesn't like, dreams, and hopes for the future.

The w
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L13F_Jana Wilkening
Milada is an eleven year old Czechoslovakian girl who lives with her loving family during World War Two. One night, the Nazis invade her home and she is separated from her family. Because of her perfectly Aryan blonde hair and blue eyes, she is sent to center in Poland where she is renamed Eva and is trained to become a German citizen so that she can become adopted into a German family. Throughout this traumatic ordeal, Eva struggles to remember who she is and hold on to the hope that one day sh ...more
Hannah
I absolutely think the holocaust is a very interesting topic and is probably my favorite thing to learn. I cried a couple times in this book. *once again, I'm a sap* I learned new things in this book that I never found any where else I had looked. Realistic fiction is my favorite type of book and this actually happened to someone (not exactly but someone went through this).
Milada gets taken from her home and goes to camp where she learns to be a proper German girl with her perfect blue eyes and
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Marie
Monday at the library they had a new display of nominees for the Beehive Award (similar to Texas' Bluebonnets) so I picked up this book. This is an amazing work, not only because I carried it around with me all day yesterday eager to keep reading at each free moment, but also because it addressed a chapter of history I had not heard before (while fiction, it appears to have been well researched). I had no idea that Hitler's forces had basically kidnapped children from all their occupied areas th ...more
Sofia A.
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I just finished this great book. This book was taken place in World War 2. Eva(the main character) got taken away from her family and was chosen to become a German girl. I think the theme of this book is treat people the way you would like to be treated because the Nazis thought the Jewish people were less than everyone in the world and they should all become German. Another theme of this book could be to never judge a book by its cover. Nazis thought that the Jewish people should all be
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Kaitlin
Hitler’s Youth was created by Hitler and many children were forced to attend, a young person like Milada was forced. She was taken from her family by the Nazi's and sent to join. The story told in first person by Milada showed what a Hitler's youth program was like. Through this sad but captivating book, Milada holds on to her old self and learns many things concerning the German culture. The plot is not that credible it is a Historical fiction book, that was based on Hitler's youth. Milada is ...more
Taylor Lay
If you like to read historical fiction books then I recommend Someone Named Eva. This book shows a lot about the holocaust and how people were treated. Also it shows to never forget who you are. An eleven year old girl Milada, was taken from her family and brought to a camp for years. She always had a pin with her from her grandmother.
Mrs. Lopez
I just finished this book and I have to say that it is an excellent introduction to another less-known side of Holocaust. So much is written about Jewish prisoners, concentration camps, resisters, survivors, etc. but not enough is written about the children that were kidnapped/stolen and sent to "Germanization" schools to become "Good Aryan German Citizens". This book does a great job telling the story of Milada, a young non-Jewish girl who is taken from her family, sent to a German re-education ...more
Carolyn S
I think two themes of the book "Someone Named Eva" by Joan M. Wolf, are to "keep believing" and "be patient." Why? Because... all throughout the book, Eva is getting torn down, she's losing faith, and she has no idea where the rest of her family is, but she keeps on believing, hoping for the best, and knowing things will turn out right in the end. Why patience is one of the themes is because, it would take a lot of self control to tolerate all the pain and punishments but still be willing to sac ...more
Nicole
This is one of the most touching books I've read in a long time... You feel so connected to Milada, the Czech girl who has the Aryan ideals created by Hitler.

You feel close to Milada as she's separated from her family, examined by doctors, had her nose, eyes, and hair matched up to "perfect German" of the same, and sent to a center to be trained as a German girl, someone named Eva.

You sympathize for her as she loses her family, loses the ability to speak her native language, and loses the Milad
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Carol
Children's Historical Fiction WWII
Texas Bluebonnet Nominee 2009-2010

This is the first children's book that I had read about the mistreatment of families that were not Jewish during WWII. The book dealt with the kidnapping of blonde girls to insure the growth of the Aryan race. These girls were brainwashed and taught German so that they could be adopted into good German families. I thought they did a very good job of describing this moment in history so that it would be appropriate for 4th and 5t
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Mindy
This is a YA book.....really well written story. Read it on Kate's suggestion. Quick read and well worth reading.
Camille Torres-kelly
This book is incredible. It's told from a very different point of view than what you usually hear in a book about World War II. In the book, young Milada is taken from her family and placed in a school to train other blond haired, blue eyed children to be "Proper German girls". The story is mostly about Milada/Eva and her struggle to remember her true identity. One thing: I would have liked it if the book had included a few more real historical events. I highly recommend this book to girls ages ...more
Connor
Nazis are sabotaged by planes originating in a town in Czechoslovakia. To punish this town, the Nazis send soldiers to tear families from their homes, seize their belongings, and kill many. But some of the children are saved, if their looks match Nazi ideals. The main character matches these, and is shipped off to a school where she and other girls will be trained to be good German mothers. They are given new names and beat if they speak any language other than German. All the girls' pasts are s ...more
Terrie
A different view of the Nazi experience. Milada is an 11 year old non-Jewish Czech. She is taken from her family because of her Aryan features and forcefully trained to become an ideal German young lady, and eventually adopted by a Nazi family. I was unaware of this part of WWII and was further appalled by Hitler's agenda. The history behind this account is given at the end of the book. Incredible and heartbreaking. An amazing story of courage and bravery.
Lily
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Kaitlin
This children's book was a well written look at a part of history that not many people are familiar with. I wasn't aware that children from invaded countries that fit Hitler's ideal for the Aryan race were kidnapped and turned into proper German youth. I didn't know they were given new names, taught to speak German and shipped off to Germany to be adopted by "good" German families. I didn't know that the mothers that adopted then were awarded metals based on the size of the families they were ra ...more
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And I am also a writer. Although I have written a LOT, I have published five books (so far.) Four of them are for teachers and one is for kids/young adults.

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