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Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperat ...more
Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published May 7th 2018 by Iguana Books
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Lindsay
Boy From Berlin is a well-written story of a family. It tells the story of a boy and his family journey from Nazi Germany. What a compelling tale. It is great for children to learn about Berlin and what happens to Jews during Hitler's time.

The way this takes us on Kafer's journey from Berlin to England. Young readers will enjoy the adventure. They will also learn about what it was like to be Jew or some escaped from Hitler. You are pulled along with Kafer and his family. I was having a hard time
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Linda Sims
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading about the harrowing escape so many made from Nazi Germany, through the eyes of a young boy. It personalized the story, and although there was plenty of danger and fear, McDonald balanced it with an endearing and at times entertaining portrait of Kafer Avigdor and his family. I would recommend this for both older children, and adults.
Jessica Gunn
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book! Great for adults and children with a great story line that is easy to follow yet very captivating. I could not put it down until I finished it! Amazing work Nancy!
Morena Hernandez
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Nancy for giving this book to my parents for me to read I really enjoyed it and could not put it down! I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this book and have been telling everyone I know about it. Thank you for the message you wrote inside for me, these books have inspired me to write my own book someday.

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Carla
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boy from Berlin is the story of one family escaping the horrors of World War II as seen through the eyes of a young child.

This time period is fascinating and so important for young adults and adults to read about and then read about again. We need to learn about the people that lived in this time, what they faced and why they faced it, so that this never happens again. This tale is told from the point of view of an eight year old boy, who sees and hears all that is going on around him but is not
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Ibjoy1953
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK In Nancy McDonald’s Boy from Berlin, the Avigdor family meet their very difficult struggles as they are forced to leave their home and most of their possessions as the flee Germany. And though this story is fiction, it is based on the lives of real people, and real life historical events. Which was very intriguing for me, to know these things really happened, and what it could have been like for young Kafer and his family. Ms. McDonald does a great job of researching the ...more
Connie Carpenter
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My 9 year old son and I read this book together. We really enjoyed it. It sparked a lot of good conversation and a lot of questions to the Holocaust. This book is a book through the eyes of an 8 year old, Kafer. Kafer overhears his mother talking to his aunt Charlotte about leaving in the middle of the night. Kafer tells his siblings and they do not believe him, until after dinner the news is broken to them that they are leaving. Kafer at first does not understand why they have to leave their co ...more
Amy
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Boy from Berlin begins Nancy McDonald’s exciting new series, also, titled Boy from Berlin. I loved being introduced to eight year old Käfer Avigdor. It was great getting to know him. I though he was such a brave little boy. He is living in 1938 Berlin, Germany at the start of the World War II. It was exciting to get caught up in the adventure and action. There was some danger that would keep me on the edge of my seat. Käfer was so very courageous throughout the book. I loved the historical detai ...more
Stephanie Ward
Boy from Berlin takes readers through a tense journey as Europe readies for war. From their comfortable life in Berlin to the promise of a new life in Canada, Käfer and his family fight their way to the safety of the shores of England from where they intend to immigrate to Toronto. Through evocative descriptions of current fashions, mouth-watering meals and dense, smoky skies, readers get a clear sense of life in 1938.

Käfer is a charming, clever child who strives to outdo his older brother to wi
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Antonia Banyard
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kids will enjoy this book for the adventure, as a tale of derring-do, for the very real children characters with their very real problems. Even though the story is set 80 years ago, contemporary readers will be able to relate to young Käfer's rivalry with his brother, his struggle to connect with and impress his father, and his yearning for home and security.

Adults will enjoy this book for the backstory about searching for one's identity, for bringing to life the story of a war-time refugee, an
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Bern Gorecki
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boy from Berlin”, skillfully interweaves the innocence and playfulness of youth with the horrors and atrocities of the Second World War. Nancy McDonald’s vivid literary palette captivates the hearts and minds of the reader by entwining personally informed historic fact found in the archives of her late husband, the protagonist in her book, with engaging fiction. The book masterfully recalled reminiscence of stories my parents who were stranded in Germany during this monstrous period told me alon ...more
Bill
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true-to-life adventure both entertaining and inspirational

Highly recommended! A feel-good adventure that will thrill any young reader’s heart, BOY FROM BERLIN also contains hints of darkness and real-life complexity reminiscent of hit movies from Pixar and Disney. Young Kafer and his family flee Germany one step ahead of the Nazi war machine in this story based on historical facts. The tale is set some 80 years ago, but it resonates with today’s headlines of refugees from Syria, genocide in Ir
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Frances Maher
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting and moving account, based on actual events, of one family's narrow escape from Nazi Germany in 1938. Told through the eyes of a child, the story continues as the family struggles to find a safe haven in war torn Holland and England. The book will appeal to children between the ages of 8-12, as a very readable and engrossing story, while educating them on a dangerous and pivotal episode in recent history. Written in the first person, the story chronicles well the small, personal aspect ...more
Cheryl Simpson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book ! Brings to life in a very real way for the young readers of today the effect of the rise of Hitler and its terrifying effects on ordinary citizens who are suddenly "targeted". An easy and enjoyable read for adults as well. ...more
Aiden Illsley
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the book Boy From Berlin, it was amazing. I liked the amount of detail in the book and I could imagine what everything looked like. Great job!
Adrienne Ashley
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I couldn’t put it down at all. I love the journey little Kafer went on and the descriptions. Loved how his inquisitive mind worked and the descriptions used to figure things out. A great read for any age!
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Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist working on television programmes, which include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books.

Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario. When she isn't busy writing novels for middle-grade readers, she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatrego
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