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Mrs. Tuesday's Departure by Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
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Apr 23, 2012

really liked it

Once started this book is hard to put down. At 250 pages it makes for a rapid read but one that grabs and keeps your attention. The length also makes the novel more approachable by middle school and young adult readers. It contains some violence but it is not gratuitous. The violence is part of the story and helps explain the actions of the characters.

Mrs. Tuesday's Departure tells the story of a family of women, identical twins, Natalie and Anna, their younger sister, Ilona, and her daugher, Mila. It is the final days of World War II in Hungary and the Germans have just taken over their city. The Germans are in the process of rounding up all the Jews for relocation to concentrationn camps. The sisters are Catholics but Ilona married a Jew and, as a result, Mila is in danger.

The story presents a series of decisions, good and bad, that the characters make, changing the course of their lives. It is ultimately a story of family, love, and human frailities. It will make you think and maybe even cry. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure has been compared to the novel Sarah's Key. Like that book, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure illustrates for the reader concepts such as trust, loyalty, and, ultimately, love. It is sad and happy at the same time. I recommend this book to all ages of readers but especially younger ones who are just learning about Hitler, Germany, the Jews, and World War II.

(This book was received as the result of a free contest through Goodreads First Reads and the review was not solicited in any way.)
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Ruth Hill My goodness, you have completely drawn me in with this review!

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