Do you like retellings? I love retellings! Add to that a story about the Holocaust? Yes, please! So many things gave shape to this novel: the stepmother giving the children German names to ensure their survival, Magda the Witch taking them in, the father’s love for his children, the stepmother’s ultimate sacrifice, and Hansel’s need…

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

This was another beautiful Holocaust story. I like the relationships between each of the characters: the stepmother giving the children German names to ensure their survival, Magda taking them in, Nelka’s care and Telek’s protection, the father’s love for his children, the stepmother’s ultimate sacrifice to protect her stepdaughter, Hansel’s need to act like a…

“There is much to love, and that love is what we are left with. When the bombs stop dropping, and the camps fall back to the earth and decay, and we are done killing each other, that is what we must hold. We can never let the world take our memories of love away, and…

The Book Thief

I picked the book up as I waited for the student I agreed to tutor at the library. The Book Thief, I whispered to myself. It sounded interesting. Another Holocaust book. For some reason, I like reading books about the Holocaust. They are sad and heartbreaking but they also provide another side to the story. Last…