Compassion & Love in 1930s Munich: Prisoner of Night and Fog (2014) by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (2014)

Suggested age range: 13 and up (Harper Collins, 389 pages)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Personal Copy

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Night&Fog_jkt cvr

The Book: Gretchen is living in 1930s Munich—a time of rapid change, uncertainty, and darkness. Though her father is dead and she misses him terribly, Gretchen goes to school and dreams of one day becoming a doctor. She is adored by her “Uncle Dolf”, a close family friend…who just happens to be Hitler. And he is growing in power. It isn’t until Gretchen receives a message from a Jewish reporter about her father’s death that she begins to question all she has been led to believe about Uncle Dolf and what is happening in Germany. What begins as a search for information about what happened to her father turns into a dangerous and risky adventure that will affect Gretchen and her family far more than she thought.

Spirituality in Prisoner of Night and Fog: One reason why I appreciate books set during World War II so much is because of the way these stories often illuminate the simple bravery, compassion, and love found within people. Though there is also the very real juxtaposition of the battle between good and evil in such stories, these books highlight how people make sacrifices for one another, sometimes even for people they don’t know, because it is simply “the right thing to do.” This story expertly depicts how a person might be raised with a particular worldview, but that perspective can either deepen or change as other viewpoints come into focus. Gretchen’s character reflects someone who desires to connect meaningfully with others, and is not afraid to go after what is right.

Who Should Read This Book: If you liked The Book Thief or Code Name Verity or just a good historical novel with intrigue, suspense, and some romance, you should certainly pick up this new release by Blankman. I read this in one afternoon, and was thinking about the book for several days afterwards. What would it have been like to be a family member or close friend of Hitler’s? From the first page, readers will be drawn into an exciting story set within a turbulent and significant time in history.

The Final Word: I loved this book! It was one of my highly anticipated releases by a debut author for 2014, and I was not disappointed. I read the book as part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon and I would have read it all in one day, even if I hadn’t participated in the read-a-thon. The pace of the story was perfect, and the development of Gretchen’s character was not too rushed. I was very interested in her as a character—Blankman has created a female protagonist whose story I am anxious to know about when the next installment is released.

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Compassion & Love in 1930s Munich: Prisoner of Night and Fog (2014) by Anne Blankman

  1. You certainly know how to whet one’s appetite, Catherine (or do you prefer Kate?). This book sounds captivating! I happen to own THE BOOK THIEF, but have yet to read it *sigh* My TBR list is VERY long and I rarely read fiction more than at night in bed. From what you said, this will be a series? You DO sound excited about it 🙂 Nice review!

  2. Thank you! I had been so excited for this book to be out, and then it was so wonderful! I have been really lucky lately–I’m in the opposite of a reading slump with all these good books. I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Book Thief. I actually include it as required reading for the freshman composition class I teach. Yes, this will be a series, so I’m looking forward to next one! 😀

  3. Pingback: #TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015 | Spirit of Children's Literature

  4. Pingback: #TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015 - Bookish Illuminations

What do you think? Tell me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s