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A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel
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The Holocaust is not a topic that would seem to lend itself well to graphic novel format, but this book -- and it's sequel The Search--are both very successful at making the story of Holocaust victims accessible to middle and high school students. The author certainly doesn't gloss over the atrocities, but they they are portrayed without excessive sensationalism. Based on the fact that these books have been sponsored by the Anne Frank House, I believe the historical details are accurate. The stories are told partly as flashbacks and I found the plots interesting and moving. The illustrations and graphic format bring the events and people to life in an effective way -- very different than just reading text, or even a photographic essay about life at that time. Sometimes all the characters and different time settings got a bit confusing, but the author provides a helpful guide at the beginning of each book.
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