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“Germany in 1938 comes alive and will be unforgettable to young readers in this powerful debut novel, Crushing the Red Flowers.”―James Patterson

What if the person you are supposed to hate is the one person who can save you?

Crushing the Red Flowers is the story of how two ordinary boys cope under the extraordinary circumstances of Kristallnacht. Emil Rosen and Friedrich
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Expected publication: December 17th 2019 by Ig Publishing
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Rachel
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great but difficult read about a brutal moment in history that’s frighteningly relevant right now.


Appropriate for middle-grade readers and a poignant read for adults too.
Jeff
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and thought-provoking read. Dialogue and setting felt very authentic, and really held my attention as the plot (and the reality it portrays) accelerated. While it is classified as being for tweens/teens, it was a solid adult read as well. As a parent it seems like a great book to introduce my children to the Holocaust, and I appreciate the discussion guide at the end.
Joe Basralian
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliantly constructed story based on real family history that follows two boys' parallel -- then intersecting -- paths within their own families and through the events leading up to Kristallnacht in 1938. The beautifully evoked emotions, actions and eye-witnessed events of each boy become even more meaningful as the boys' lives repeatedly connect.

The book became actively meaningful in my life as my mind vibrated with, "What would I do in their shoes?" and "What should I be doing
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Marcy
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! Emil and Friedrich are 13yo boys in Germany in 1938. Emil is Jewish; Friedrich is not. They only know each other slightly, but have to decide whether to hate or help one another. The book culminates in Kristallnacht, making the pace of the story go faster and faster until you can't put it down. Written for tweens, but highly recommended for anyone interested in the time period and/or a good story!
Simon Stryszak
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't even read it.
Maddie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooo good! Fantastic character development and plot!
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I thought it was immensely impactful and should be considered a must for a middle grade teacher’s reading list. I can think of no better way to introduce the time period and give kids the insight of what not only went on then but how it relates to humanity right now.

Thought provoking and insightful. Well done.
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Jennifer Voigt Kaplan is an award-winning author of children’s fiction. Her debut children’s novel, CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS, was recognized in six literary contests before its publication, including earning a Letter of Merit for the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant and winning the middle-grade category of Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize for Fiction. Jennifer was born in Germany, raised in ...more