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Thirteen-year-old Markus has good friends, loving parents, and a strong need for more in life. When the A-list kids in his social-studies class ask him to work with them on their Holocaust project, he jumps at the chance, but he suspects that they just want to exploit his German grandmother, who was in Auschwitz during the war. He wrestles with his grandmother's reluctance ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 27th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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William McCauley
Jun 01, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book, so I won't rate it. (Needless to say, I like it. :-)) Thirteen-year-old Markus Simmons wants so badly to move into the A-list group of kids at school. He sees his chance when they approach him to work with him on their Holocaust project for social studies class. He suspects, though, that their main goal is to gain access to his ailing grandmother, who was in Auschwitz during World War II. She violently refuses to discuss her time in the camp, and he's torn because he knows he sh ...more
Julie
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I won/received this book through Goodreads.

Amazing book! I love it! I will be handing it off to my kids and grandmother alike to read! Well written and kept me guessing what was really going to happen. I love that it teaches such a wonderful lesson-- just because you have been given a label, it doesn't have to define who you really are. Things aren't always cut and dry... truth is in the eye of the beholders. Great read! Highly recommended to young and old alike!
Patricia Kaniasty
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What a nightmare. I could not imagine going through any of this. What must have been going through Oma's mind to do what she did? This book was amazing! Kept me guessing and I still got it wrong in the end. Never saw it coming. A Holocaust must read!
Susan
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and didn't want to put it down once I started. Loved the twists that I did not see coming!
Angie
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome book! It had a unexpected twist at the end. I would recommend it to any young adult looking to learn more about Holocaust survivors. Way to go, McCauley!!
Kathy
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Angie Fehl
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

To date, thirteen year old Markus has never had a strong interest in hearing his Oma's (grandmother) stories regarding her Holocaust experiences. She's never gone into much detail about that time in her life anyway, tending to hesitate or change the subject whenever the topic is broached. But when three of the most popular kids in school ask him to team up with them on their Holocaust project, Markus is suddenly looking at Oma in a new light! Being a newly minted teenager, Markus has be
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Caroline Waddell
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This story was touching and really hit home with me. A definite must read.
Alison
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now this book may be aimed at a much younger audience than myself but in my opinion Guardian Angel is a book that has a story to tell that will appeal to any age.
I have read several books based on/in around the holocaust this one gives it a personal feel. Told from a young boy’s view. Marky is thirteen, they have been given a project in school on the holocaust subject. When the ‘cool’ kids suddenly want him to join their group so they can research together he thinks all his birthday’s have come
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Jessica Bronder
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Markus has been giving a school Holocaust project and it seems the cool kids want his help. Well, he knows that they really want his Grandma Oma’s help. Oma was in Auschwitz and could give a firsthand account of what happened but she is refusing to talk. Then it seems someone has recognized her as a guard and Markus has his world ripped apart. How could his Grandmother be a Nazi with everything that they did to the Jews? Now Markus is embarrassed and trying to cope with the news, but there are m ...more
Bailey Ember
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is deep and thought provoking. It is young adult but is very emotional and has a strong tie to Historic events.

There are an abundance of great themes throughout this novel and it is a very powerful read. This novel was quite brutal in its honesty.

I liked the way the author showed how some of the themes from back in that horrible time are still present today.

That being said, there is a light hope that manages to shine through.

One thing I noticed with this novel is that the beginning
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