My Family for the War
By Anne C. Voorhoeve
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803733602, 412pp.)
Publication Date: February 16, 2012
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Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder medal for most oustanding children's book in translation.
Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life forever
At the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England. Taken in by strangers who soon become more like family than her real parents, Frances (as she is now known) courageously pieces together a new life for herself because she doesn't know when or if she'll see her true family again. Against the backdrop of war-torn London, Frances struggles with questions of identity, family, and love, and these experiences shape her into a dauntless, charming young woman.
Originally published in Germany, Anne Voorhoeve's award-winning novel is filled with humor, danger, and romance.
Anne C. Voorhoeve is an award-winning German novelist and screenwriter. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
Tammi Reichel is an instructor of German at the University of Richmond and lives with her family in Virginia.
A 2013 ALSC Notable Children's Book
Kids' Indie Next List, Spring 2012
-Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers
* "With the personal Kindertransport history, the intense drama about family, faith, guilt, love, and loyalty in wartime makes this an important addition to the Holocaust curriculum."
-Booklist, starred review
* "Events and facts are expertly woven into the girl's emotional growth, and changing relationships . . . provide a rich exploration of identity and self. With a compelling main character and taut and insightful story line, this novel is sure to find no shortage of readers, and it adds a valuable perspective to collections of World War II fiction."
-School Library Journal, starred review
"[An] engaging and often moving coming-of-age story. A poignant, thoughtful work."
"This multilayered story [which] cogently explores themes of motherhood and adoptive families is gracefully portrayed."
"My Family for the War is a must-have for young adults. The novel is simultaneously beautiful, touching, and heart wrenching."
"This is a solid addition to Holocaust collections, life on the home front during the war, and for discussions of what is a family."
-Library Media Connection review