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Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo
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Feb 21, 12

In a World War II setting, Michael Morpurgo exposes the complexities of the human side of war. The author provides a roller-coaster of emotions from beginning to end. There is hate, fear, courage, and ultimately an understanding that despite extraordinary efforts, some situations remain beyond our control. A village that unites in secret is unable to show that same unity in the face of an agressor. Waiting for Anya asks the enduring question of how the power of a few can overpower the will of many.

This is a novel where secrets are ingrained with both the power to save and destroy lives. The book is recommended for a 5th.-8th. grade audience. Though death is not dealt with graphically, be sure that readers are prepared to deal with the loss that is inherent in death. The book would work well for 8th. grade students who are studying the Holocaust. This is another example of Morpurgo's writing that stays with the reader long after the story ends.

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