The Upstairs Room (The Upstairs Room #1)
A Life in Hiding
When the German army occupied Holland, Annie de Leeuw was eight years old. Because she was Jewish, the occupation put her in grave danger-she knew that to stay alive she would have to hide. Fortunately, a Gentile family, the Oostervelds, offered to help. For two years they hid Annie and her sister, Sini, in the cramped upstairs room of their farmhouse...more
I think this book was very fun to read because it was so well in detail. I felt like I was a...more
Set in Holland during the early 40's this first person story relates the persecution and hardships of the Jewish community under Nazi occupation. Ten-year-old Annie resents her decreasing personal freedom, diminished lifestyle, fragmented family and just generally being made to feel somehow odd in her own country. Her people are insulted, restricted, bullied, beaten and sent to "work" camps. The family unit disintegrates as Mother is hospitalized, Father goe...more
2. This is a deep book to read. It accounts for the personal experience of a young girl living during WWII worry about herself and her family because of the Germans plans for Jews. Annie and her little sister are required to live in the upstairs room of a remote farm house. They are trying to avoid being sent to labor camps and having to experience worse just for being Jewish.
3. (A) Area for comment: Characterization
(B) The author does a great job of p...more
Summary: This book takes place during the time of the Holocaust with a family who is Jewish. It describes how hard the times were and what the family had to go through since they were Jewish.
a. This was a good story to explain the hard times that the Jewish people had to go through during the Holocaust.
b. Telling the story from a child’s perspective made the story even more heartwarming. She des...more
This book is set in the Holocaust. They live in Holland. This book wouldn't even be a good book if it wasn't in this setting. The whole book has to do with the Holocaust, so if it weren't it wouldn't be a book.
The main character is Annie. She's a little girl. She has to go through a lo...more
This is for Mrs. Deppe:
This book takes place during World War II. Hitler has started posting differnt things that the Jews can and can't do. This Jewish family wants to move to America and get away from Hitler, but their mother is too sick to make the trip. More and more things get posted. Then things start to get tough. Hitler is now killing Jews, they can't attend school. Their mother goes into the hospital and soon dies. The 3 girls have to get split up and go live with people that they don'...more
This book was not very e...more
Johanna played a girl named Annie de Leeuw when she was a little girl. All of her family was Jews. Annie heard on the radio that the German army was in Denmark and Norway. It also gave me more information on how the World War II happened. This book lists a lot of things that had happened in World War II at the beginning and t...more
Yet it was.
Where Anne Frank’s book was full of life and optimism and hope – this one is quiet, deeply still and sad – and moves you with its inactivity and bleakness.
To think of a couple of sisters – one on the brink of adulthood – and the other only a child – torn away from their family, friends, and all that’s familiar and normal – and to be cooped for two years without sunli...more
"Get a bike and go for a ride- a long one."
You have to read it to belive it!In this book the main character Annie tells a story of what she went through as a kid in Holland during World War II. When she and her family had to hide from the Germans. As she explains life was brutal. She witnessed German soilders beating, stealing, and even killing Jewish People. This was back during when Hitler was leader of the German Army. She had to q...more
The Upstairs Room
By: Johanna Reiss
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss is about a jewish girl named Annie. Annie suffers when people of her kind are treated unfairly. it isn't safe for her and her family to stay in their country which is why they have to go away. It was to late to leave because Holland's borders were now being guarded by German Soldiers. The De Lueew family were under bad circumstances and caused Annie's parents to make drastic decisio...more
Johanna de Leeuw Reiss wrote a fantastic novel giving in depth detail about her personal accounts as a...more
Annie and her sister Sini get to go outside, however. I really like how Annie personifies the tree, at first with its laws from the Nazis as the war heats up. And then by the end, Annie makes the window her friend, even arguing with it on occasion. Johan,...more
Taken from real-life experiences of the author, she tells the story of four years of confinement in a cramped attic room during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Eager to destroy the Jewish population, the Nazi's beat, brutalized and killed anyone willing to hide Jewish people.
Her latest, 'A Hidden Life', is a memoir for adults: in it she writes of her childhood traumas and her late husband's sudden suicide.