Someone lent me this book. I had though I’d probably already read it, most likely when it came out in 1982, and when I got to a pReread 8/18-8/19/2016
Someone lent me this book. I had though I’d probably already read it, most likely when it came out in 1982, and when I got to a particular page I knew I had. I might even own a copy. I have some books tripled up so it might be in the back somewhere. I also know I saw the tv movie of the book The Acorn People, also by this author, and I might have read that book too. I continued with the reread so I’d know how to rate it. I read the book so long ago, probably nearly three and a half decades ago, that I needed to jog my memory, and I was basically enjoying reading it so I continued. I reread it over a 24 hour period. It’s a short book and a fast read.
I always enjoy San Francisco settings in books, and here I also knew the workplace the author describes. I knew the place, the general time period, and I’m more than 50% certain I recognized one or two or three of the kids described in the book, or some of the kids he used for composite characters.
Because of that I found it a bit of a sad read, but that was okay.
I notice very few readers have shelved it at Goodreads. It is an old originally published in paperback book, decades old, and likely out of print, so that’s not surprising. The book has very low ratings, and I guess I understand that too, but maybe because of my particular circumstances, I really liked it. Prior to my rating/review at Goodreads the book had no written reviews and only 4 ratings, one 4 star, one 3 star, and two 2 star. While 11 members have shelved the book at LibraryThing, apparently they’re all on the to read shelf, as there were no ratings/reviews before mine....more
Nothing less than 5 stars for this book but I will deduct star because certain things about the ending could have been a bit better, for me. It’s stiNothing less than 5 stars for this book but I will deduct ½ star because certain things about the ending could have been a bit better, for me. It’s still a wonderful book and I did love it. 4 ½ stars
I read this as a buddy read with my Goodreads friend Diane. I could have easily read this in 2 days, maybe 3, maybe 1, but I had a lot more time to read than my buddy did, so I tried to slow myself down. I’ve enjoyed all my buddy reads with her so it was worth it to at least try to stay as in sync as possible. We chat as we read along. When we get a bit ahead of one another it works to do emails with a subject heading that says spoilers through page number/chapter number, and that’s what we did this time.
Exceptionally well-crafted story!!!
I love the main character narrator and her voice. All the characters are as complex and complicated as any real people can be. They felt so real. I liked them so much. The admirable characters all had flaws and the nasty characters all had a good side. Many people made mistakes, with their relationships and what they did or didn’t do. Just like real life! Sometimes it was hard to remember that all the characters were entirely fictional. Of course, real people did similar things as these characters and I’m sure shared their emotions.
The story is about bravery, and about friendship and about love and a lot about guilt and, as I usually feel about people’s guilt about the big things, the guilt was largely unwarranted though understandable. I love how most things were resolved, and I’m glad that they were, but that there wasn’t an overly tidy resolution for everyone and everything.
There are many twists throughout the story, all basically believable, and even with my slight issues about part of the end, they were always cleverly done. I’m not sure what I’d hoped for differently at the end. Overall, I liked even that. I correctly anticipated some things but most things entirely surprised me. Brilliantly done! It could be considered a mystery, as there are many things about which I was constantly guessing and there is a mystery at the heart of the story.
The first chapter of the book gives a good introduction to what the story will be about, and I appreciated that. I was hooked from the start.
This book was addictive and it was hard to come up for air. The end of every chapter made me want to start the next chapter, and the chapters are short. It was always hard to stop reading when I did that.
So, so good! Any reader who likes Holocaust historical fiction and can enjoy what is a young adult book, I can heartily recommend it. This is one of the best in those genres that I’ve read.
It’s very sad and uplifting and exciting and very inspirational. It’s also fun at times and suspenseful most of the time. I got such a great feel for what the different characters were experiencing.
I came close to tears a few times as I read the story, but not nearly as much as when reading the note on historical accuracy and the acknowledgments at the end which were informative and fascinating and very touching. I love its last paragraph and especially the last line. I already knew a lot about Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, but I learned some things (view spoiler)[ I was hoping it was so and was gratified to learn that there really were hundreds of babies and young children rescued and put into hiding by the resistance just prior to their deportations. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more