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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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May 29, 2010

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bookshelves: war

Another in a really long list of "Holocaust books" -- NOTE: this is not to diminish this horrible event, just the plethora of mediocre books about and/or set in and around WWII Europe. This one is a bit different, focussing on the events in France rather than Germany or Poland.

When Sarah's family is taken away by the French police (in support of the Germans), Sarah's little brother hides in their usual "hide and seek" spot. Sarah locks the door, pockets the key and fully expects to return in a few minutes & rescue him. Unfortunately, she and her family are whisked away to the camps. The story of Sarah, her family, er brother, and the modern day family that ends up in their abandoned apartment is engrossing and heartbreaking.

I liked this book, but have to agree with other reviewers on this site -- some of the vocabulary is certainly puzzling and "The Book Thief" is much more interesting and, in my opinion, better written.

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