Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansen’s and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.
I think this book is amazing, and beautifully shows the small acts of bravery committed by young children during the Holocaust. I thought that Annemarie was a really loveable narrator, and told the events of life in Denmark during WWII with the innocence of a child.
It’s quite a short story, and the main action takes place over one day, though there is a build up before that over a few days. Even over this short period of time, we saw Annemarie grow quite a lot as she was exposed to many things, and learnt more about the war and how that had affected her family and friends.
Though this novel is aimed at children around 10, I think people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy it as it gives a very different perspective on the war.