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The Children's War

by Monique Charlesworth

The Children's War
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    Sep 2004, 384 pages
    Sep 2005, 384 pages

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A deeply satisfying read full of richly complicated characters. Historical Fiction

Comment: There are plenty of books about war told from an adult perspective but not nearly so many from the viewpoint of children, and fewer still that are written for adult readers from a child's point of view.  

Set in Germany, France and North Africa just before and during World War II, we see the war through the eyes of a young Jewish girl and a boy who struggles with his place in the Hitler Youth. Ilse is the 13 year old daughter of a Jewish father and Christian mother, both Germans.   When war breaks out she's sent away by her mother to live with her uncle Willy in Morocco, who becomes more of a father to her than her own father has ever been.  However, when Germany invades France, Willy rejoins the French Foreign Legion and Ilse is sent to Paris to live with her father who, as a vocal but somewhat ineffectual Bolshevik, ...

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