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Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi
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Read from June 05 to 07, 2012

This is the 4th book in Ursula Hagi's Burgdorf Cycle, named after the town in Germany where the stories are set. This novel follows a teacher and her 10 year-old male students, with all the action taking place on a day in February, 1934. The story also includes flashbacks to earlier times in the town, involving many of the same characters you find in other volumes of the cycle. The book does well in capturing the mood and events of 1930s Germany, with the rise of the Nazis as back-story. There is a good story here, and the book is well-written, but I have to say it's not as emotionally powerful as the last book in the series, Stones from the River. I do think that this book is well worth reading.
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