Monday, August 1, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade (Minnesota) Monday: Someone Named Eva

Someone named Eva, published in 2007 and written by Joan M. Wolf, enthralls its readers with a glimpse into World War II that is little known and little discussed. My kids and I read this novel aloud together a few years ago during our 'US history tour through the decades.' This highlight continues my summer focus on authors from my home state of Minnesota.

The premise: In 1942, eleven year-old Milada is forcefully taken from her hometown in Czechoslavakia to a school in Poland where she and other blond, blue-eyed children are "trained" to be proper Germans. When they are deemed ready, they are adopted by German families. Torn from her real family and all she calls home, Milada tries to hold on to who she really is. But it becomes harder and harder when she is 'someone named Eva.'

What keeps readers reading: The World War II perspective from a very different lens. Joan M. Wolf pulls readers into Someone Named Eva and the evils of war with a well-woven plot and characters who garner sympathy, even those on the Nazi side. Readers glance into this historical period with fresh eyes, see and experience parts of the war that are not well-known, and realize just how hard it is to remove 'home' from someone's soul.

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Happy middle grade reading!

4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really deep book, but with things important but hard to know. That's so awesome you read it with your kids. Thanks for sharing about it and for linking me.

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  2. This is something I definitely would like to read. I hope they have a copy at the library. Thanks for the feature.

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  3. This will be a must read, Barbara! Thanks for featuring it. There is a book called STOLEN CHILD by Marsha Skrypuch. It's about a young girl in the fifties, a refugee who remembers very little of the war-believes she may be a "Nazi Girl"...when in fact she is a blond, blue eyed, stolen child. These two books would make a good pairing!

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  4. Natalie, good perspective: important but hard to know.

    Akoss, I hope they do too.

    Deb, how intriguing! I'm going to write that one down.

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