Saturday, July 18, 2009

Behind the Bedroom Wall

Laura E. Williams
Milkweed Editions, 1996

Korinna thought she had nothing to fear.

A loyal German, a staunch member of the Nazi Youth organization, Korinna dreams of the day when Hitler will restore her country to greatness. If some of her neighbors are arrested for treason, it is only for the good of the Fatherland. She jots in her small, black Jungmadel notebook when she notices anyone showing less than fervent adoration for Hitler and his New Germany.

Then she discovers the unthinkable. Her parents are hiding Jews behind her very own bedroom wall.

It is her duty to report her parents as traitors, but traitors are shot!

In this book, Laura Williams explores the emotions of a young girl caught in a world of hate and fear, where things are not what she's been told and there are few people to trust. Will she betray her parents and the fugitives they harbor, or pay the price of standing for freedom?

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