Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings
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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings

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The candid, poignant, unforgettable writing of the young girl whose own life story has become an everlasting source of courage and inspiration.

Hiding from the Nazis in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne’s story,...more
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Published March 23rd 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (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
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.
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
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.
Lorna
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...more
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
Elyse
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?/!!!
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
Ian Wood
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
Julieta
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.
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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...more
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
Andrew Torres
"Open your eyes... give of yourself, give as much as you can! And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! No one has ever become poor from giving! If you do this, then in a few generations no one will need to pity the beggar children anymore, because they will not exist!"

Wisdom is evident in the young writings of Anne Frank. A life short-lived, a tragedy is apparent for the loss of such talent. Continuing with this read from a previous addition to the famous diary, I...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.
TheLibraryOfSarah
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!
Olethros
-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...more
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.
Far
I was tempted to stop reading at first, but I'm glad I trudged on. The first few stories have females that Anne seems to channel her personality into, and unfortunately, that makes the story bland since Anne comes off as annoying and whiny.

However, the stories are memorable and enjoyable as you go on - my favorite is "Blurry, The Explorer" - the bear is so cute! *u*

Overall, Anne's stories echo the theme of being at peace with nature, which will stick with me for the rest of my life, I feel. This...more
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
Valerie Christie
I was interesting in reading this book as I've read Anne Frank's diary and wanted to read more of her writings when I came across them. This is a collection of stories she had written, both fiction and nonfiction. I enjoyed it, and would say that anyone who's read the diary probably would like these. I would have liked to have been able to give it a higher rating, just because it was written by Anne Frank, but I can't because even though I enjoyed it I didn't like it enough to give it 4 or 5 sta...more
Jennie Smith
I purchased this book when I visited the Anne Frank house last year and I am so glad that I did. I loved getting to see more of Anne and her personality come through in her writing. If she and I had been pals, we would have gotten into some trouble. This is a great mentor text for both Social Studies and ELA teachers alike!
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
Karina
The first few stories are fictional and most of them teach the reader (this book was probably aimed at teens) lessons about life and how to strive to become the best person they can be. I particularly liked her short essay called "Happiness".
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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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