Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 book 10

Annika Thor's The Lily Pond
The second book in Thor's series about the Steiner sisters focuses primarily on Stephie, attending grammar school away from the island, boarding with a wealthy family (whose older teenage son she has a huge crush on). Thor handles the historical issues deftly while making the story feel really personal to Stephie and her experience. I mean, it's a middle grade book, so the stakes are low (or as low as a Holocaust story where the main character's parents are Jews trapped in Vienna can be--but there's a lot of like, Stephie lies about having a boyfriend! going on). This one actually did feel kind of Anne of Green Gables to me, to boot. A-.

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