Dear America is such a great series because it takes historical events, puts the reader right in the middle and makes sure to stay as true as can be t...moreDear America is such a great series because it takes historical events, puts the reader right in the middle and makes sure to stay as true as can be to the historical events. I Walk in Dread is no different and actually, it is one of the most accurately historical books about the Salem Witch Trials that I have read. Ms. Fraustino discusses in the afterword how she researched primary sources trying to find the truth behind all of the gossip and myths that exist about the trials.
Deliverance (Liv) Trombley is our narrator and lives with her sister Rememberance (Mem) in a home with their uncle. Their uncle has left to go whaling, so Liv and Mem are holding down the house while waiting for him to return. It is during this time that the witch trials begin. Liv Trombley (Deliverance) is fictional as well as her sister and one other family in the book, most of who she interacts with is not. I found it interesting that she decided to write the diary from the point of view of a girl in the village, not of an accused or accuser, though it allows the reader to see the events from an outside point of view. (less)
During World War II, Hitler controlled more than just the military; he controlled the entire country of Germany. Much of what this book explains are parts of the WWII history that is not taught in our schools and shows the true extent of the power that Hitler had over everyone.
The Hitler Youth began as a voluntary organization to support Hitler, but it quickly became a way for Hitler to control the youth. Soon the Hitler Youth was not voluntary and they were being used in much the same way as the military.
This book tells true stories of children in the Hitler Youth and children that were brave enough to speak up. It is truly horrific and fascinating. Susan Campbell Bartoletti uses a combination of narrative and expository writing to take her reader on a journey through Nazi controlled Germany starting with their depression and taking us through the the end of World War II. By intertwining true stories of the youth of Germany with historical fact, Bartoletti pulls at your heart strings and shows the true effect that Hitler had on the entire nation. It also takes you through the steps that Hitler took to brainwash the entire population, starting with the most desperate citizens, including the youth.
Although many nonfiction books are hard to get through and are dry, this one has a voice to it that is deeper and more sensitive than most. You become connected to the people of Germany and the youth of the story, so it doesn't matter if that I already know the outcome- you have to know how they make it out of their deceit filled situation. (less)
This book shows the healing power of poetry. Lonnie, who has gone through more tragedies than any 11 year old should have, writes poetry to help go th...moreThis book shows the healing power of poetry. Lonnie, who has gone through more tragedies than any 11 year old should have, writes poetry to help go through the grieving process and getting used to living in foster care. (less)
Helmuth Hubener thought that Hitler was going to fix Germany, but the longer Hitler was in power, the more Helmuth realized that there was social injustice happening.
Based on a true story, The Boy Who Dared, accounts Helmuth's life and the choices he makes. Told in flashback, I felt that some of the suspense is taken away since you know Helmuth's current situation right from the beginning of the story; however, even with knowing the outcome, I wanted to read to figure out how Helmuth got there.
The exposition of the book helped me understand the extent of Helmuth's society at the time which made me even more sympathetic then I would have been just jumping into Helmuth's life. Although we all know about World War II and the Holocaust, unless you have read other books on World War II Germany, you may not understand the extent of Hitler's power and brainwashing. With The Boy Who Dared, we follow Helmuth through his feelings about Hitler and the decisions he made.
This book is fabulous to read with the nonfiction book by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, The Hitler Youth, which recounts the history around the Hitler Youth and what Helmuth was living through. (less)