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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex

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Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annexe"of an old office building in Amsterdam, athirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer.The now famous diary of her private life andthoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however.This book completes the portrait of this remarkableand talented young author.

Tales from the Secret Annex is acomplete collection of Anne F
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Bantam (first published 1960)
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Jan 20, 2009 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for everyone. Readers must remember that these stories were written by a teenage girl, and therefore they should judge them accordingly.
The stories are interesting in their own right, but they do drag in places. It's rather obvious that if she had the chance, she would have probably edited and developed the stories to something that would be of better quality, but they are very good for the stage they are in. Definitely a must read for those interested in Anne Frank and/or the
Mar 05, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
Essays and stories written by Anne Frank in a separate notebook from her world-famous diary. But they're still all written in that same spirited, irreverent and irrepressible voice. A keen observer of people and nature, a seemingly natural-born storyteller, she leaves the reader, who knows her fate, with a sense of loss over what might have been. And despite the tragic circumstances of her life and the times she lived in, she knew the way to inner happiness.
Apr 21, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first since I was expecting the same maturity and reflections I've once experienced in The Diary of a Young Girl. Instead, I found some fables and tales of a 13-year-old girl. I'm not complaining about its quality, I just had to realise the book was made of tales which Anne wasn't able to revisit; I know it is pretty obvious, but this insight was important for my experience.
After that, I could fully enjoy her tales. It was a regular/good experience
S.E. White
Jun 23, 2010 S.E. White rated it liked it
While the stories in this book display childish writing (Anne Frank was only a young girl when she wrote these) they are quite remarkable. The most memorable one is the last one, Cady's Life. Anne had learned to create a character that was highly autobiographical in some ways (Cady has a difficult relationship with her mother) but was different as well. Cady isn't Jewish, but has a Jewish friend. The climax is Cady going to visit her friend, the Germans are arresting her friend and family, they ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing
I got a 'suggestion-read' today of this book. I've read it at 'least' 3 times ---(two daughters and being Jewish does that to a 62 year old) ...

but its always nice to receive recommendations from our friends on Goodreads. --- How can I 'not' give this book 5 stars?/!!!
Kressel Housman
May 22, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anne Frank fans
More than just Anne's diary survived the war; her short stories did, too, and I only discovered them last year. What a treasure for an Anne Frank lover like me! Some of the writings are from the diary itself, so the real treat was reading her fiction. She refers to some of it in the diary, so this made re-reading a richer experience. I agree with her; "Eva's Dream" is definitely her best, but Cody has some great parts, too. If you love Anne Frank, this is a must-read.
Daisy Honeywell
Jul 21, 2013 Daisy Honeywell rated it really liked it
I simply loved this book. Firstly, I read The Diary of Anne Frank and I think that this girl was such a smart, funny, sweet, dreamy little girl that could have become an awesome person and an awesome writer.
I am sorry for all the people that wrote that Tales from the Secret Annex is a book for children and that it is nothing special. I loved it more than the Twilight's saga or other young - adults' book of course! It is very intelligent and full of messages.
Yes, Anne mostly wrote about faries b
The other John
Sep 24, 2008 The other John rated it it was ok
This is another one of those books that I picked up out of guilt. I would imagine that most folks in the Western world have heard of Anne Frank, the teenage girl who hid with her family in a house in World War II Holland. I, too, had heard of her, back when I was a kid. What I never did, either as a child or adult, was actually read her famous diary. So when we were sorting through a stack of books being lent to us, I saw her famous picture and said, "Oooh, Anne Frank, I should read that." Of co ...more
Benjamin Thomas
May 21, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Having read Anne Frank's famous Diary, I chose to read this volume as well, almost a companion volume to the first. Her diary mentions her writing efforts and it is fun to read them here in their entirety. The quality of the stories increases immensely as we go from one to the next, proving the old axiom that the only way to improve your writing is to practice. But what is really amazing is the insights this young girl was able to bring to her stories. Several seem to be quite plain on the surfa ...more
Alice In Wonderbooks
Aug 29, 2016 Alice In Wonderbooks rated it really liked it
Enrichissant et sympathique à lire ! De belles pensées philosophiques :)
Essays and Short Stories, having exquisite content written by a 15-year old!!
That's what makes this a 5-star! (Otherwise a four would suffice)

Recommended to be read after reading Anne's Diary. That will make the stories more effective, because the reader would have an idea of Anne's beauty by then! :)

Some amazing essays, and awesome stories. Also includes a few reminiscences that are a part of Anne's Diary.
May 05, 2014 Lorna rated it it was amazing
First off, I believe that even if you've read Anne Frank's diary before it's advisable to re-read it before picking up this book, which is what I did and I'm glad of it.
The first section is full of Anne's observations of life in the Secret Annexe. Quite a few of them are taken directly from the diary, and then there are some that were written seperately. What struck me was, bearing in mind that everything written in this book was penned when Anne was 13 to 15 her observations and perceptions rea
If Anne Frank had lived, she may have matured into a very good fiction writer as well. Wish all my students had written as well.
Jun 26, 2015 Katelyn rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, memoir
Una bella raccolta un po' vanificata dal fatto che molti dei brani proposti erano già presenti nel Diario (ma che siano riproposti in questa veste ha un senso preciso, devo ammettere).
Dei brani ho apprezzato particolarmente quelli basati sull'esperienza personale di Anne, non solo nell'alloggio segreto, ma anche nella vita precedente alle leggi razziali.
Incredibile come una ragazzina si ponesse problemi così particolari sul proprio carattere e sulle sue relazioni con gli altri.
Per quanto riguar
Aug 12, 2012 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: me
Anne Frank was such an incredible writer, and she wrote all of this when she was only thirteen or fourteen years old! The book is really sad, though, because you know what happened to the author... The last chapter was scary and depressing, it was written from a Christian girl's perspective during the war who had a Jewish friend.

I'm really glad this book was put together, because besides her famous diary Anne Frank also wrote a lot of short stories, little essays and random thoughts. If things h
Adela Nisar
Apr 09, 2011 Adela Nisar is currently reading it
Anne franks tales from the secret annex in the begging it sounds like they're having a great time. she tells us about how when her life was normal she talks about alot of things that happened in her past and its mainly all about stuff that happened in school. She explains avout evenings and nights in the annex. before all the hitler and stuff so far it sounds like her life wasnt that bad even though they were hiding in the annex. Im really enjoying this book so far and i cant wait to get in the ...more
Oct 18, 2016 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
In addition to the diary she is most well-known for, Anne also wrote short stories and essays that were compiled in this collection from various notebooks. Anne had a wonderful imagination and wrote short stories involving genres and topics such as fairytales, alternate personas, and daydreams. Many of the stories contain morals and lessons that Anne would philosophize such as how to find happiness, not being too serious or silly in life, and the importance of speaking your mind and following yo ...more
Emmie B
The book Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex by Anne Frank was a very interesting historical book filled with many up's and down's.
It all started with Anne and her family in there normal life until Hitler became the leader and more powerful then anyone else. He discriminated Jews and limited them down to things that they can do. They had to move so that they would not be under his power. There father Otto opened a new business with Jew business partners, and they started a new life. SPOIL
Sougata Khan
If you have read Anne Frank's Diary then this book has a lot to offer. If you have not you must read it first. It is hard to not be a fan of this brave girl. I always wanted to read some of the stories and poems she has mentioned in her diary. They were written independently and were not part of the Diary itself.

While I had presumed them to have been lost or destroyed, they were not. This book is a collection of all her work.

Taken out of context these stories will seem rather insignificant and
Ian Wood
Jul 26, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV.

This review is one of a brace of forays into World War fiction which I undertook this month. The other is A Very Long Engagement which I have to say right now sucked. Anne Frank can write. Kathe Mazur did a decent job of reading this, but Anne Frank wasn't an American. I think it would have been more respectful to have had someone who actually sounded a bit like Anne Frank to act
More than a passion, reading started as an act of admiration towards my mother. Finally I found in her passion my most enjoyable pastime. And it was through her that I came across a heart-breaking diary, because that’s what the book is: Anne Frank’s personal diary.
I remember being around 14 when my mom came home from the library with an old, yellowish book for me. First I was reluctant to start reading it and wondered what the purpose of reading such an ageing book was. However I trusted he
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
It was quite a struggle to get a copy of this book in my city. When I finally did, it was well worth it. It's a collection of short stories Anne wrote while in hiding with her family, fleshed out with a few extracts from the diary and comments on her daily life. Her budding talent as a writer is very evident in the collection, which spans "realistic" stories-for-girls of the type that was popular in the thirties and forties, fairy tales, moral tales, wish fulfillment, and the unfinished novel "T ...more
Rachael Mcclain
Aug 06, 2010 Rachael Mcclain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a collection of some of Anne Frank's short stories, poems, and even part of a novel she started writing. It is really amazing that it was all written by a little girl, but it is what she did to pass the time while living in hiding. I think this book should be read following Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Megan Pegasus
May 18, 2015 Megan Pegasus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epistolary, nook-book
If you are interested in reading more of Anne Frank's writings, then this is worth the read. The first half of the book is more diary entries that were not published in the original Diary of a Young Girl, and the second half is Anne's short stories and the beginning of her novel. Depending on which edition of Anne's diary you read, this may have many of the same entries in it and you will be rereading things already published. The Definitive Edition in particular has many of these entries in it; ...more
Courtney Williams
"The Diary Of A Young Girl" is one of my favourite books and certainly the one I've re-read the most. If I see a book relating to Anne Frank I tend to pick it up, so obviously when this was on sale in the Kindle Store I downloaded it. If you've read the diary (possibly a later, less censored edition) you may have come across some of the material already, but most of the book is given over to Anne's original stories.

With this collection, I feel like the more fictionalised the story was, the less
Absolutely amazing! A collection of Anne Frank's short stories, essays, anecdotes, fairy tales, and the beginning of a novel! She was a wonderful and remarkable person and writer!
Jun 20, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Un simple diario, nada más, pero rodeado de unas circunstancias horribles.-

Género. Biografía (por tratar de ubicarlo en la pobre clasificación de este blog).

Lo que nos cuenta. Relato del diario personal de una niña holandesa llamada Ana Frank, que al ser judía a comienzos de los años cuarenta en la Holanda ocupada tiene que alternar datos de su día y entorno con las implicaciones sobre ambos del dominio de la Alemania nazi durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Versión C, para los que sepan de lo q
Anne Frank was 13 when she was forced into hiding with her family and four other Jews, in order to avoid capture by the Nazis. Most people are familiar with the diary she kept during the two years before the group was finally discovered and sent to concentration camps; her father, the only survivor, had most of it published after the war. But Anne's writings didn't stop there. While in hiding, she also wrote short stories, essays, personal reminiscences, part of a novel, and additional diary ent ...more
Noel Wallace
Mar 24, 2015 Noel Wallace rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of stories written by Anne Frank as well as her unfinished novel. I don't feel like this book should be succumbed to an actual review. All I can say is that Anne Frank is a marvelous writer. She captures universal themes and ideals that even adults far older than her continually debate. Her optimistic view on life itself despite horrendous times is encouraging and uplifting. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to find some truth in the world or who just wants ...more
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