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Stories of War - Reviews by Kathleen, Teen Blogger

I'd like to recall that moment of silence on Remembrance Day. Below are some wonderful stories of war, some fiction and others not, that never fail to strike a chord in me, and I hope they can do that for you, too.

Rilla of Ingleside - book coverRilla of Ingelside, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

This is the eighth installment in the Anne of Green Gables series, following Anne’s daughter throughout ages fourteen to eighteen, as she struggles with growing up while dealing with the pressures of World War One. (If you don’t know what Anne of Green Gables is: your Island neighbours look upon you with shame.) Although it’s the second last book in the Anne series (the last being The Blythes Are Quoted) it follows a character rarely touched upon in the earlier books, making reading the previous seven unnecessary. (I do recommend them, though.) This book is funny, heart warming, and it manages to capture the adolescent experience while taking place in a setting unfamiliar to most Canadian teenagers today.

Hana's Suitcase- book coverHana’s Suitcase, by Karen Levine

Welcome to the suitcase of Hana Brady, a young Jewish girl who lived during World War Two. Her suitcase was uncovered in 1999 when Fumiko Ishioka visited Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp, and asked for several items that had belonged to children at the camp, including a suitcase. The name Hana Brady was inscribed within. What unfolds is a project that doesn’t manage to change the world but manages to change a few lives as Ishioka and her students research the life of Hana Brady, eventually uncovering the horrific truth: Hana was murdered at thirteen-years-old at Auschwitz. Despite that I just spoiled the ending for you, the book is well worth a read: it gives you a clear idea of who Hana was as it flips back and forth between her time at various concentration camps and the present, where we begin to learn the truth of who she really was. I can absolutely credit this book for my fascination with the Holocaust, and I hope it inspires you to learn more as well.

The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank was written by Anne Frank in a secret annex while her and her family hid from the Nazi’s, detailing her life of fear and worry but also sharing the story of a girl who really was just as normal as those articles you’re supposed to read but never do always say. This is the story of you, the story of me, the story of our parents (they actually were young once) because it’s so representative of the human experience that you occasionally forget the circumstances under which it was written.

All of these books and more are available at your local library. I highly suggest you go take a look, take a sit by the window, and read for an hour. When you’re done, have a moment of silence to remember, and when you’re finished with that, go back to life as it always is, with the memory of these books ensuring that even if you don’t always remember, you won’t forget.


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