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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings

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The candid, poignant, unforgettable writing of the young girl whose own life story has become an everlasting source of courage and inspiration.

Hiding from the Nazis in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne’s story,
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Published March 23rd 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 1960)
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
She was a real teenager, she was human with desires, anger, anxiety, curiosity. This was probably a more accurate portrait of what happened in the annex than what her father edited to present a pretty picture. She was so close to surviving the Holocaust. We are blessed that she left her diary behind.
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for everyone. Readers must remember that these stories were written by a teenage girl, and therefore they should judge them accordingly.
The stories are interesting in their own right, but they do drag in places. It's rather obvious that if she had the chance, she would have probably edited and developed the stories to something that would be of better quality, but they are very good for the stage they are in. Definitely a must read for those interested in Anne Frank and/or the
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These 'tales' are essays and stories written by Anne Frank in a separate notebook from her world-famous diary, but they're all written in that same spirited, irreverent and irrepressible voice. A keen observer of people and nature, a seemingly natural-born storyteller, she leaves the reader, who knows her fate, with a sense of loss over what might have been. And despite her young age, the tragic circumstances of her life and the times she lived in, she knew the way to inner happiness.
S.E. White
While the stories in this book display childish writing (Anne Frank was only a young girl when she wrote these) they are quite remarkable. The most memorable one is the last one, Cady's Life. Anne had learned to create a character that was highly autobiographical in some ways (Cady has a difficult relationship with her mother) but was different as well. Cady isn't Jewish, but has a Jewish friend. The climax is Cady going to visit her friend, the Germans are arresting her friend and family, they ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first since I was expecting the same maturity and reflections I've once experienced in The Diary of a Young Girl. Instead, I found some fables and tales of a 13-year-old girl. I'm not complaining about its quality, I just had to realise the book was made of tales which Anne wasn't able to revisit; I know it is pretty obvious, but this insight was important for my experience.
After that, I could fully enjoy her tales. It was a regular/good experience
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a 'suggestion-read' today of this book. I've read it at 'least' 3 times ---(two daughters and being Jewish does that to a 62 year old) ...

but its always nice to receive recommendations from our friends on Goodreads. --- How can I 'not' give this book 5 stars?/!!!
Benjamin Thomas
Having read Anne Frank's famous Diary, I chose to read this volume as well, almost a companion volume to the first. Her diary mentions her writing efforts and it is fun to read them here in their entirety. The quality of the stories increases immensely as we go from one to the next, proving the old axiom that the only way to improve your writing is to practice. But what is really amazing is the insights this young girl was able to bring to her stories. Several seem to be quite plain on the surfa ...more
Kressel Housman
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Frank fans
More than just Anne's diary survived the war; her short stories did, too, and I only discovered them last year. What a treasure for an Anne Frank lover like me! Some of the writings are from the diary itself, so the real treat was reading her fiction. She refers to some of it in the diary, so this made re-reading a richer experience. I agree with her; "Eva's Dream" is definitely her best, but Cody has some great parts, too. If you love Anne Frank, this is a must-read.
Juan B. Martínez Parente
A few weeks ago, a friend asked me: If I had a time machine to use as I will, whom would I like to meet? I said I wasn't sure.

Anne Frank has been described as an adult in a girl's body. I don't agree at all. Anne was definitely a child: still innocent, yet very sensitive and perceiving, not only of other people's feelings, but also—and this is what I most admire about her—of human condition. Thus, via short stories, she speaks about the nature of war and religion, about fearfulness, happiness an
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, europe
This is very hard to rate and review because it was interesting but ultimately the stories aren't terribly good. They definitely tell you a lot of their author though, with their tales of lonely, lost, struggling characters, mostly girls. There's also a lot of reflection on nature and God. There are a few bits from Anne's time in the Annex and at the end some fragments of a novel.
Lindsey Sparks
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-and-read
I would hate to have my childhood stories, essays and daydreams published, but Anne's are really quite good even though these are not polished for publication the way her diary was. There is a story about her befriending a movie star and going to visit her in California that would have been silly if not for knowing Anne's story, which made it poignant. You can see her writing developing throughout the book and I wonder if she would have become a great novelist had she survived the war. But if sh ...more
Daisy Honeywell
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I simply loved this book. Firstly, I read The Diary of Anne Frank and I think that this girl was such a smart, funny, sweet, dreamy little girl that could have become an awesome person and an awesome writer.
I am sorry for all the people that wrote that Tales from the Secret Annex is a book for children and that it is nothing special. I loved it more than the Twilight's saga or other young - adults' book of course! It is very intelligent and full of messages.
Yes, Anne mostly wrote about faries b
Tasnim Dewan  Orin
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
While reading this book, I was a teenager just like Anne Frank. I felt like she talked on behalf of all the teenage girls in the world. She wrote about everything and anything. I must say she lived every single moment of her last days. Anne captured each moment in each letter of this book. Being human she had flaws too but I absolutely love her for saying this "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." When I am depressed sometimes, I ...more
The other John
This is another one of those books that I picked up out of guilt. I would imagine that most folks in the Western world have heard of Anne Frank, the teenage girl who hid with her family in a house in World War II Holland. I, too, had heard of her, back when I was a kid. What I never did, either as a child or adult, was actually read her famous diary. So when we were sorting through a stack of books being lent to us, I saw her famous picture and said, "Oooh, Anne Frank, I should read that." Of co ...more
Essays and Short Stories, having exquisite content written by a 15-year old!!
That's what makes this a 5-star! (Otherwise a four would suffice)

Recommended to be read after reading Anne's Diary. That will make the stories more effective, because the reader would have an idea of Anne's beauty by then! :)

Some amazing essays, and awesome stories. Also includes a few reminiscences that are a part of Anne's Diary.
Bel Rodrigues
Delicadeza e inocência em cada página. Como é bom conhecer um pouco mais a Anne e suas histórias ❤ ...more
If Anne Frank had lived, she may have matured into a very good fiction writer as well. Wish all my students had written as well.
Alice au Pays des Livres
Enrichissant et sympathique à lire ! De belles pensées philosophiques :)
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I believe that even if you've read Anne Frank's diary before it's advisable to re-read it before picking up this book, which is what I did and I'm glad of it.
The first section is full of Anne's observations of life in the Secret Annexe. Quite a few of them are taken directly from the diary, and then there are some that were written seperately. What struck me was, bearing in mind that everything written in this book was penned when Anne was 13 to 15 her observations and perceptions rea
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, memoir
Una bella raccolta un po' vanificata dal fatto che molti dei brani proposti erano già presenti nel Diario (ma che siano riproposti in questa veste ha un senso preciso, devo ammettere).
Dei brani ho apprezzato particolarmente quelli basati sull'esperienza personale di Anne, non solo nell'alloggio segreto, ma anche nella vita precedente alle leggi razziali.
Incredibile come una ragazzina si ponesse problemi così particolari sul proprio carattere e sulle sue relazioni con gli altri.
Per quanto riguar
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: me
Anne Frank was such an incredible writer, and she wrote all of this when she was only thirteen or fourteen years old! The book is really sad, though, because you know what happened to the author... The last chapter was scary and depressing, it was written from a Christian girl's perspective during the war who had a Jewish friend.

I'm really glad this book was put together, because besides her famous diary Anne Frank also wrote a lot of short stories, little essays and random thoughts. If things h
Adela Nisar
Apr 09, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Anne franks tales from the secret annex in the begging it sounds like they're having a great time. she tells us about how when her life was normal she talks about alot of things that happened in her past and its mainly all about stuff that happened in school. She explains avout evenings and nights in the annex. before all the hitler and stuff so far it sounds like her life wasnt that bad even though they were hiding in the annex. Im really enjoying this book so far and i cant wait to get in the ...more
Rachael Mcclain
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a collection of some of Anne Frank's short stories, poems, and even part of a novel she started writing. It is really amazing that it was all written by a little girl, but it is what she did to pass the time while living in hiding. I think this book should be read following Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Absolutely amazing! A collection of Anne Frank's short stories, essays, anecdotes, fairy tales, and the beginning of a novel! She was a wonderful and remarkable person and writer!
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I missed her so terribly much.
Andreya P.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a young girl named Anne Frank. She is known around the world for hiding in an attic with her family during WW2 and writing her popular diary. Yet in this book its less about her experiences, but more on her own stories that she created. These stories captured her imagination and told morals of everyday life.

My favorite character in the whole book was.... of course Anne Frank. She has such a spunky but fun personality that keeps you interested with her journey. She also was
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

First thing to keep in mind when starting this book is that this is not fiction, this is the writings of a real teenager, and what she has an escape. She shows her desires, insecurities, anxiety, anger, curiosity. This book is not for everyone, it should be judge accordingly to the person who wrote them and their age.

I felt at times that some of the
Ian Wood
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV.

This review is one of a brace of forays into World War fiction which I undertook this month. The other is A Very Long Engagement which I have to say right now sucked. Anne Frank can write. Kathe Mazur did a decent job of reading this, but Anne Frank wasn't an American. I think it would have been more respectful to have had someone who actually sounded a bit like Anne Frank to act
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I haven't read this since I was a little girl and I wanted a updated memory of it. This book is hard to read because of the subject matter but not necessarily because it's portrayed in a way that makes it sad, Anne Frank never lost hope or stopped dreaming about her future during her time in the annex. She was a fierce teenager with a passion for writing and even though she lived in constant fear of being captured she didn't let that stop her from doing what she loved. I can see a lot of myself ...more
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