Set in the Ukrainian town of Borshchiv in 1942, The Enemy Above tells the story of Anton, a twelve-year-old boy, and his family, as they live in hiding from the Nazis.
The book opens with Anton; his brave grandmother, Bubbe; his uncle Pavel, who is like a brother to Anton, and his uncle Dmitri, who is constantly caught in the middle between his mother and Pavel, all hiding in a series of underground caves. Gestapo officer Major Karl Von Duesen relentlessly pursues Anton’s family and the other Jews in Borshchiv, trying to make the town judenfrei, free of Jews. In the end, Major Von Duesen is defeated by Anton’s family until the war ends and the Nazi nightmare is over.
While the characters are not fully developed, this is a fast-moving story packed with adventure. It should appeal to children ages 10 – 12 who are interested in Holocaust-themed literature.