Despite the plethora of Anne Frank books available, I would not hesitate to recommend this one. With its conversational tone, it brings Anne to life without sacrificing the salient facts of the Holocaust or stooping to inappropriate familiarity with the characters. Hermann includes the relevant facts of Holocaust history in an unobtrusive manner and also interweaves information, a map, photographs, anecdotes, and personal characteristics gleaned from books written about Anne Frank and interviews from oral sources, including many remarks by Anne’s close friends, neighbors, teachers, and of course, Miep Gies, into this biographical history. Excerpts from the diary figure throughout the narrative, enabling the reader to feel the extraordinary sense of identification pre-teens and teens seem to have for Anne, but the narrative covers a wider period, up to the present, in fact. In addition to a timeline, there are chapter notes (in which all sources used are noted by chapter), a glossary, further reading, Internet addresses, and an index. For ages: 11 – 15.
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.