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A Piece of Blue String

(Playing with Matches 0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A companion short story to Playing with Matches. Katharina Ackermann's diary entries marking the turn of WW2, and her heart for the boy heading for battle.
Published April 25th 2013 by La Plume Press
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Shirley Revill
I really enjoy reading short stories as it gives me a chance to see how the author writes before I read another book. This short story is free on Kobo at the moment and is a companion story for the book Playing with matches.

The story is in the form of a diary and is from a very different perspective of teenagers growing up in Germany. The group of friends listen to a hidden radio and the BBC'S broadcasts and realise that they are not being told the truth about what is really happening. In fact t
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short story/novella told as diary entries from the perspective of a 12 year old girl living in Passau, Germany during the Nazi regime (1941-1944). I got it as a freebie and it's a companion to Playing with Matches (Playing with Matches #1).

Katharina, her brother, and two of his friends secretly listen to the BBC radio broadcasts on a shortwave radio. Those broadcast say very different things than the German radio broadcasts, so they try to tell the truth to others about the war withou
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Passau, Germany. The year is 1941, and twelve year old Kathraina is sent to town with a coin to buy anything of use, but the shelves are empty an her stomach is growling from hunger. She returns to the farm to her mom and brother who are in the fields. The Nazi were waging war against the world to become the leader and all they heard on the radio was how they won every war............

Lee Strauss pens a heart wrenching story about children determined to get the truth out in their town from the BB
A simple, but well written "diary" of a German girl, spanning five or so years of her life during the Nazi regime. Her entries are not very frequent or detailed, this being a novella, but they are enough to provide a fairly broad insight into her life. They cover everything from shortages and day-to-day struggles on the home front, to small-scale underground resistance (by herself and her friends) to puberty and falling in love. A quick freebie read and one that has left me interested in the res ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this short preview story! I cannot wait for the following book! very interesting story and complex characters
Joanne Jenkins
nice little short story of a not so nice time. A great quick read that gives you great insight to the time period and what it meant for everyone.
S. Daisy
This is a short YA historical fiction, coming-of-age story taking place in Germany during World War Two. The story is in the form of journal entries by a young teenaged German girl named Katharina Ackermann, from 1941 to 1944.

Katharina was just a normal, average German girl in a normal, average German family. But when she finds out that her younger brother Johann has been listening to the verboten BBC station on his radio and not only became convinced that Germany was in the wrong but was sprea
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet short story in the form of a diary where our main character Katharina is introduced to how things are really going on with the war against the allies; she and her friends are determined to let the truth be known by listening to illegal BBC transmissions and transcribing them into fliers that they distribute later.

Her entries are not too frequent but they do show us glimpses of how Katharina’s home is struggling to stay afloat.

It did leave me intrigued to read Playing with Match
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging and wonderful short story about a young man and woman during WW2. Life is hard and love is harder. Do you tell him how you feel or wait to make sure he comes back home from the war. A generous story showing that living through a war, any war, is extremely hard for all concerned. Reading this book brings tears to my eyes as if living through it with them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Leslie Hayden
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good start on historical novel

This was a good start to a historical novel. I think Strauss should continue on with the story and make it into a novel because I would sure love to continue reading. Now I'm going to have to go look at their other books and see what I can get my hands on. Glad I took a chance on a new author it was well worth it.
Carol Hampton
A good read, but abrupt ending

A good read but abrupt ending, leaving the reader hanging. Does Emile survive the war?. I would recommended it. Good
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story from the diary of Katharina Ackermann and a look into her world just before World War Two. You like the characters and how the story flowed and it felt believable and it was really good. A bit on the serious side but given the subject manner, quite understandable. Be warned, it’s only a little nugget, and it kind of ends on an interesting note, that’ll leave you wanting a little bit more. So if you get a chance check it out and enjoy.
Ross Safford
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book!

Actually, this is a short story, but it is definitely worth reading. I felt disappointed when the story ended, because I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters in this story. I guess I'll have to purchase more from Strauss & Strauss.
This was a fun little short story. It does intrigue me to read Playing with Matches someday, but not immediately. Having read the description for Playing with Matches, it seems like the storyline progression will be repetitive, albeit going into more details.
Madi (TheBookNerdDiaries)
This was a nice little story set during WWII. The author was very descriptive in her writing and I got so absorbed in the world that she created!
Hunter Murphy
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

It is a good book because if you want to read about world war 2 then this is the book for you.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short story with snippets from Katharina Ackermann's diary.
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