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One Boy's War

(Boy from Berlin #2)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  24 reviews
ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death in the Irish Sea, 10-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot that targets hundreds of people in Britain—including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler.

With the Germans threatening to invade Engla
Paperback, 126 pages
Published April 29th 2020 by Iguana Books
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Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread Book Tours for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

One Boy's War
By: Nancy McDonald


One Boy's War is the follow up to Boy From Berlin. This story is compelling and insightful with drama and suspense enough for edge of your seat reading. 10 year old Kafer is courageous and bold during a time when most would cower, but for good reason, during the WWII London blitz of 1940. He is motivated to act by a strong love for h
One Boy's War is a bit of a continuation of Boy from Berlin. It is all based on a ship and in London, England during 1940 in the summer. It tells the tale of a boy named Kafer who is on a ship to Canada. He ends up returning to London, England.

Kafer and his mother and sibling are on the ship to Cannada. Something happens to make them return to London. There is an adventure for Kafer on the return. The adventures are enjoyable to read. There seems to be a mystery man that Kafer spots at the hotel
Adrienne Ashley
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great finish to Kafar’s journey. I loved reading both books. They had trill and history all rolled into one. An must read for every age. I throughly enjoyed it! Can’t wait to see what Nancy McDonald writes next.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well-written and excellent reading for any youth, but is directed at older elementary age and early teens. However, i am certain the whole family would enjoy it. It is mostly true!

The characters and scenes were both portrayed well. the author took liberties in adding some adventure and suspense which enhanced the tale. It is advisable to read the "Author's Noes" at the end of the story.

This is based on an actual events during Worl War ll. It centers mostly on one family forced to
Angela Thompson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One Boy's War Transports Readers to Another Time and Place. While the book is a relatively short one in length--the author makes excellent use of every page to tell Käfer's story. Nancy McDonald launches readers immediately into the action on the first page and keeps the storyline moving to the end. With a memoir-like feel, readers are easily transported to Käfer's world--and will experience the War from his perspective. Readers will experience 1940 London through his eyes and words. The author ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One Boy’s War is the continuation of the incredible journey started in Boy from Berlin. The novel follows the story of Käfer and his family as they escape the terrors of World War II.

Käfer is a very special child – he is full of curiosity and wants nothing more than to help his family. His curious and adventurous personality has helped save his family many times and he is determined to ensure their safety as the family struggles to find freedom. While the family has made it to safety in England,
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

One boys is the exciting sequel to Boy from Berlin. We get to know more of Käfer’s story in this book. He gets more involved than before in his family, as well as England. And being a middle grade book this is great for the young reader and adults alike.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in this series. Author Nancy McDonald does a fantastic job of describing each scene in this book to make readers, and made me feel like I was in England back in the early
Ronald Laplante
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Boom!!! Page one, paragraph one…. 10-year-old Kafer Avigdor is blown out of bed into the stormy North Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the night by a Nazi U-Boat torpedo. Hitler has conquered Western Europe and is about to invade England… Western civilization is at stake… It’s 1940… the world is in crisis… it’s a time for heroes and Kafer becomes a relentless hero for the entire 124 pages of One Boy’s War.

Author Nancy McDonald documents the critical events of 1940 and the exploits of two heroes
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
One Boy's War is the second installment from the Boy from Berlin series from Nancy McDonald. I had the pleasure of reading the first book of the series, also, titled Boy from Berlin and really enjoyed. After reading it, I jumped at the chance to reading this one. I was not disappointed. I thought it was a great and quick read.

One Boy’s War continues the story of ten year old Käfer Avigdor in 1940 London. I adored Käfer and admired his courage and bravery throughout the story. He finds himself i
Rick Whelan
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Moving on from where her excellent Boy From Berlin left off, author Nancy McDonald continues the amazing story of Käfer Avigdor as he continues his perilous journey from inside Nazi Germany to the safety of a new life in Canada. When Boy From Berlin ended, Käfer and his family had managed to arrive in England midway to their final Canadian destination. In Käfer, McDonald has created an unforgettable character who typifies the pluck of youth, the courage of a lion and the heart of an angel. His d ...more
Connie Carpenter
Oct 01, 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 is the second book in the series - and it picks up where "Boy from Berlin" leaves off. Kafer is now 10 - and braver then some of the adults. He finds himself in a bit of danger - and shows courage through out.

The war is still waging on. Kafer is on a ship - heading to Canada - and an event turns them around and brings them back to London. Pac
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this delightful book. It reads like a detective story with lots of suspense perfectly suitable for people of all ages not just young readers. I liked the way the author brings in historical figures like Churchill giving one of his most memorable speeches and historical land marks like the Claridge Hotel. The book is full of wonderful fictional characters like lady Eaton or the purser on the ship the boy hero with his sister are taking to Canada. Though there is much merrime ...more
Stephanie Ward
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Weaving a wonderful combination of fictional storytelling with historical events, One Boy's War is at once exciting and saddening, heart-racing and sobering.

Tragedy strikes the Avigdor family from multiple angles in this continuation of the story of their escape from Hitler's reach. While the realities of war hit close to home, the author expertly communicates these atrocities in a gentle manner. The emotional effects are conveyed differently in each of the children showing how they handled the
Judy Matheson
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second adventure featuring the young hero Kafer Avigdor is a wonderful story that will appeal to young readers, both boys and girls, providing a glimpse of wartime England from a child's perspective. Kafer is a most engaging young hero, loving and loyal to his family and friends, impetuous and brave in the face of challenges, and mischievous enough to get himself into situations from which he is lucky to escape safely! The settings, including London's elegant Claridge's Hotel, give the read ...more
Chris Leberg
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment of Kafer and his family as they experience life in London England at the beginning of Hitler’s bombing of the City. A perfect sequel for ‘Boy from Berlin’ picking up where that book ended.
Nancy McDonald’s story-writing in both books makes it hard to put them down - both filled with detailed descriptions that put you right beside Kafer as he wages his own war gains Hitler and Germany to protect his family.
Hoping for a third instalment of the Avigdor fam
Bern Gorecki
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy McDonald has written another riveting historical fiction page turner that traces a courageous boy’s journey during the Second World War. The young hero of “Boy from Berlin” seamlessly transitions from the last words of this wonderful book to the opening of “One Boy's War” to continue his saga amidst the blitz and devastation of London. This engaging sequel is must read for audiences of all ages.

Margaret Newland
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished a preview copy of this book and had to share how good of a read it is. This novel brings history to life with a compelling storyline full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to many readers. It is a great addition to the first book Boy From Berlin, but it would also be enjoyable to read on its own. Overall great book with intruging characters and a captivating plot.
May 20, 2020 added it
One Boy’s War is a gripping adventure wrapped up in a crucial lesson in 20th Century history. It follows its 10-year-old hero, the brave and curious Kafer, from where we left him in the equally exciting Boy from Berlin. Kafer is desperate for the good opinion of his often disapproving father. How he finally gets it is a page-turning tale of Nazi wickedness defeated by a young boy’s extraordinary pluck and his love for his family.

M. Slaght
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exciting adventure filled with intriguing characters. Part Hardy Boys adventure and part family drama set in London during the WWII blitz, a young boy discovers what it means to be Jewish. McDonald’s cinematic writing style makes One Boy’s War an easy-to-gobble-up, engrossing story for readers of all ages. Highly recommended!
Cheryl Simpson
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this charming sequel to " Boy From Berlin"..."One Boy's War" continues to subtly educate about World War II history and the perils faced by the Jewish people, while delighting its young readers with Kafer's continuing spy-hunting adventures. A great way to start a conversation with the young ones in your orbit ! ...more
Sally Reardon
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great, heart-thumping, follow-up to The Boy From Berlin filled with adventure, humour, and a loving tribute to individuals and families who survived the horrors of WWII. The author fills the book with a vivid sense of place and atmosphere. These books would make such a wonderful film or television series. An enormously pleasurable and enlightening read.
Linda Sims
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
McDonald's followup to "Boy from Berlin" was another delightful read. Lots of action, intrigue, and a likeable, impetuous young hero. I enjoyed it and think the pre-teen audience it's aimed for will love it too. ...more
Jo Sorochinsky
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One enters Kafer's world from the first page, seeing the horror of the war from the viewpoint of - in spite of everything - an adventure-loving young boy. The weaving of historical elements into the family portrait works really well - a captivating read. ...more
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
This was a fun middle-grade mystery that had me intrigued throughout the course of the whole novel.
I enjoyed seeing the siblings interact. As a reader of mostly adult and young adult, I rarely get to see siblings with all of their arguing and banter so it was a fun change of pace.
The only complaint I have was that some of the German was incorrect. The words were correct but German has some grammar rules that are different from English and those were not taken into consideration.
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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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