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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex 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, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became awriter. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however. This book completes the portrait of thisremarkable and talented young author.
"Tales from the Secret Annex" is a complete collection o...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 1949)
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Megan
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...more
S.E. White
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
♥ My Name Is Caroline ♥
Aug 30, 2008 ♥ My Name Is Caroline ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone who loves Anne Frank
Recommended to ♥ My Name Is Caroline ♥ by: a teacher
The book was heartbreakingly and beautifully written, it shows how much talent Anne had and what a promising future she would have had if she'd survived. The book was lively with details and it was a shame that she never finished Cady's life even though I didn't understand what the plot was. The flaws to this book was that it was much too long for a person in this century to enjoy.And yes, it can get boring in some parts but Anne is and was a promising writer,some chapters capture your attention...more
Teresa
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.
The other John
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
Kressel Housman
May 22, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
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...more
Benjamin Thomas
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
Roberta
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...more
Anne-Marie
Aug 12, 2012 Anne-Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Adela Nisar
Apr 09, 2011 Adela Nisar is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachael Mcclain
Aug 06, 2010 Rachael Mcclain rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Deb
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.
Jessica
I honestly did not like this book. It was hard to follow at times. Many of my friends would see me reading it and then discuss with me how much they liked it. The stories are all in fables, short stories, essays, and personal references. At times it would be hard to distinguish between the essays and personal references. It seems that these were Anne Franks writings, just stories that she had written. I guess what I was looking for was more of an insight into her life, The Diary of Anne Frank. B...more
Emma Joy
ANNE FRANK'S DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

"The connection was beyond shadow of a doubt... strong.

I have to read some more!"


Then I found...

ANNE FRANK'S TALES FROM THE SECRET ANNEX

STUCK IN A HIDDEN PLACE FOR 2 YEARS? DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE. WRITE!

This was what Anne did. But long before the war had broken, she had been particularly fond of the bliss offered by a wandering mind and writing. The Tales from the Secret Annex gives us a glimpse of Anne Frank's remarkable talent. A chatterbox she may h

...more
Kristen
Finally finished this and...oh. The diary is almost nothing compared to Anne's fiction! And I realize that's saying something. But if she had lived, I think we'd know her more for her fiction than her nonfiction.

Several of the stories are cleaned up excerpts of daily life in the Annex. Some of them are clearly morality tales, or essays, which would have likely been fit for publishing in magazines. The further you get, the more obviously her writing matures. And then there's "Cady's Life," which...more
Ninglu
So I wound up in Amsterdam this summer and guess where I went? That's right: Anne Frank's Secret Annexe!
I was seriously flipping out. It was crazy, thinking that I was stepping where Anne was. I read her diary, I read her stories, I read so much Anne Frank since I was 6 years old and voila! I was standing in Anne Frank's place reading the messages on the walls and seeing her real diary before me.

By the time I got to the gift shop, I picked up this book and proposed that I wanted to read it. So t...more
Rachel
Although it's very apparent that an amateur author wrote these stories, it was very impressive to me how she incorporated her views into each story. She's positive and uplifting, and her stories tended to leave you with a new outlook or thought. I loved how she always looked towards nature to find a happy, peaceful side of life. She would have been an extraordinary story-teller, had she had that opportunity. The story "Cady's Life" had such an interesting tone about it. It very much reminded me...more
Edwin
I think this book is a great book because it doesn't show Anne Frank's writing skills but it also shows about her life, thoughts, friends and family. It's a sad book as much as it is funny. I think this is a fun book to read if you are sad about something.
I think the character that changes the most in this book is Anne Frank (of course) because she learns, from her writing, that you can always get something good out of any situation. Even war. I think what taught her this was that when she wrote...more
Khoa Ta
Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex is a lovely compilation of her work as a young author. A majority of the book is of short stories that came with a life lesson by the girl. As a young writer trapped in cramped quarters one could think that Anne Frank's imagination would be slowly drained away by the lack of social interactions with the outside world. Not with this girl. Her stories are full of imagination and may or may not come with fairies, talking bears, or girls catching the wrong pl...more
Isabella
Great book

this book shows how Anne felt during her time in the annex through her writing and many things I did not realize about her
Dulcie
I really enjoyed reading this. I love spunky little Anne, with all her wit, insight, and adolescent indignation. It is obvious why her father adored her so much; what a gift he has given the world in sharing her with us.
Chris Batchelor
After finishing up The Diary of a Young Girl, I thought this book was a good follow-up book into reading even further into Anne Frank's life. However, although I got some inspirational messages out of it, she didn't provide as many inspirational messages as her diary, and it got tough to read and understand without a clear mind as I browsed through the pages and chapters. If you are looking to read a book about Anne Frank or her fellow roomies, her diary would be a much better book.
Christian
No había leído el diario de Ana Frank y tengo apenas vagos recuerdos de una película. Y me sorprendió, porque esperaba encontrar algo más oscuro y deprimente. Todos sabemos cómo terminó la historia, pero acá lo que está es la voz de una adolescente rebelde, por momentos sarcástica, por momentos sensible, y siempre alerta. La prosa es rápida y precisa, y cuesta creer que lo haya escrito alguien tan chico (¿habrá ayudado la traducción al inglés?). Esta crónica del encierro (las ratas, las ropas ag...more
Layla
this book was about a 13 year old girl named anne frank. anne lives a terrible life when she has to go into Hiding from the Nazis in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building in Amsterdam. this diary talks all about her life and all her thoughts. the best thing about this book is that it is actually a real diary that was found-then published.
i could connect this book to the real world back then during the holocost. it was very hard for jewish to live. most of the population was killed.
someone...more
Bonnie Bon bon
A brilliant and tragic insight to life in Holland for a young jewish girl.
Sean Kennedy
Some of these stories truly show Anne Frank's development as a writer. Her closing lines in "Blurry the Explorer" show great wit, and those of "Cady's Life" are haunting even without the true life parallels one could easily make.
Kerry
This is a heartbreaking collection of Anne Frank's lesser-known writings. The pages reveal a portrait of a vivid young girl with a promising future. Her tales of a life in hiding during the horror-filled Nazi regime, are amazingly touching and descriptive. The main lesson one takes away from these readings is that of the triumph of the human spirit. I would heartily recommend this collection to all teen readers. Teenaged girls, especially will relate to Anne's fears, humor, and age-appropriate f...more
skyhigh-kin
the story begin when the nazis hunting for the jews and send them to the concentration camp so that the gruesome holocaust project can be started..this anne frank girl told readers on how she and her family move to a secret annex(her father's office's store rooms, i thnk)which is a hideplace for the whole family..soon,they've been caught and sent 2 the concentration camp..fortunately,the whole family is released cause hitler is destroyes by ...(dunno) and unfortunately,anne frank died bcos of as...more
Andrea Tomé
So sweet...

Many of these stories may sound childish or of a worst quality than her diary itself, but Anne's prose definetely had something magical in it. We can discover her personality through these works of her. Some of them resemble to the fables she'd hear, others to the books she'd read... but I can clearly see loads of talent in this 14-year old.

If given the oportunity, she'd been one of the greatest authors of her generation.
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Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a German-born Jewish girl from the city of Frankfurt, who wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

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