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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