#AtoZchallenge: “P” is for Prisoner of Night and Fog (2014) by Anne Blankman

What would you do if your uncle was none other than…Adolf Hitler??

That is exactly the case for Gretchen Muller, the protagonist of Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog (Balzer & Bray), which will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 22nd!!!

Today’s post is highlighting the novel, since it is one of my anticipated releases for 2014. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, especially novels set during World War II. Some of my favorites include The Book Thief, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Number the Stars, and Tamar (The Invisible Bridge is a favorite in the adult genre). I am currently brainstorming a future research project on how reading and responding to historical fiction might nurture the spirituality of young readers and help them to be grow in empathy.

I’m very excited about reading this novel by Anne Blankman and am happy April 22nd is just around the corner!

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Here’s the GoodReads summary:

“In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.”

Are you planning to read this next week? What is your favorite historical novel for children or YA set during World War II?

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