Most people are familiar with Anne Frank’s story, but in this book the author has added additional information about other children and teenagers who suffered during the Holocaust.
Lee does not shy away from the graphic details of everyday life in hiding, during the transports, and in the concentration camps. She describes the fear and horror of those times, but refrains from giving the reader more information than is age appropriate.
The bibliography is extensive, including standard Holocaust history books as well as interviews and unpublished memoirs. Sources of quotes are not always clear; a timeline and map would have been useful.
Literature for young adults often concludes with a hopeful note, in spite of overwhelming problems. A quote from Anne’s diary ends this book: “I want to go on living, even after my death!” The author paints a picture of friendship, bravery, loyalty, and fortitude. She demonstrates why Anne’s diary is a symbol of ultimate victory over evil.
Books like this will ensure that the one and a half million children who died in the Holocaust will not be forgotten. For those who question whether we need yet another book about Anne Frank, the answer is: decidedly yes. For ages 12 and up.