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The children's war: A Novel

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In the spring of 1939, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, a girl sits in a waiting room in Marseilles. Ilse is half Jewish; her mother has sent her out of Germany to a place she hopes will afford her daughter absolute safety. But instead, Ilse's journey takes her deep into the landscape of war: first to Morocco, then to Paris under the threat of Nazi invasion. Traveling across borders, blown by circumstances beyond her control, Ilse must use her wits to survive an enemy occupation, one that steals away her name and sense of self, making even her own language taboo. At the same time, in Germany, a boy struggles with his place in the Hitler Youth. Despite the comforts of his Hamburg home, Nicolai comes to feel that he is a stranger in his own land. As his mother takes up with another man, Nicolai finds emotional refuge in a growing attachment to his beautiful new nursemaid, a woman of silences and sorrows. Gradually, he draws out her secret: she has a child whom she fears may be lost to her forever. That child is Ilse. The Children's War evokes wartime lives and places with astonishing immediacy: the labyrin-thine bazaars of Meknès; Hamburg's cellars packed with civilians during air raids; the salt tang of Marseilles, where prostitutes and gangsters live side by side with freedom fighters and refugees. We meet "Swing Boys" sneaking tobacco and home-distilled liquor in illicit jazz cafés, and young soldiers stirring pea soup beside tents on the sandy Baltic coast. Meticulously researched, yet also a vivid work of imagination, The Children's War re-creates the landscape of World War II in a new and utterly unforgettable way. Interweaving the stories of Ilse and of Nicolai, it is a gripping tale of adventure, loyalty, love and betrayal; of disappointment and hope; of parents and children trying to protect one another; of self-discovery. It is a stunning novel.
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9781400040094
9780307428240
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Level 5.3, 22 Points
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Full title children s war
Author charlesworth monique
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Last Update 2018-05-27 23:11:12PM
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This is the story of two children caught in the midst of war.It is 1939 and thirteen-year-old Ilse, half-Jewish, has been sent out of Germany by her Aryan mother to a place of supposed safety. Her journey takes her from the labyrinthine bazaars of Morocco to Paris, a city made hectic at the threat of Nazi invasion. At the same time in Germany, Nicolai, a boy miserably destined for the Nazi Youth movement, finds comfort in the friendship of Ilse's mother, the nursemaid hired to take care of his young sister. Gripping and poignant, The Children's War is a stunning novel of wartime lives, of parents and children, of adventure and self-discovery.

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subject_facet Boys -- Fiction, Hamburg (Germany) -- Fiction, Jewish girls -- Fiction, Paris (France) -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Paris -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Hamburg -- Fiction
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title_short The children's war
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Boys, Children, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Jewish girls, Literature, World War, 1939-1945