Coming: October 2010
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her? Especially with your parents and her parents all watching almost everything you do together. To know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting. As Peter and Anne become closer and closer in their confined quarters, how can they make sense of what they see happening around them? Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.
Annexed is a really interesting look at the story of Anne Frank through the eyes of Peter. This novel will make you laugh, cry, and feel their terror as you go through the journey with the characters.
Sharon got the characters spot on. Anne was portrayed perfectly from her non stop chatting to her quick emotional shifts. Peter was more revealed in this novel. Through Sharon's words you begin to see how Peter might have been in life. Introverted, smart, brave, and willing to survive, Peter was amazing. At first I just wanted him to shut up and quit whining, but as the story progressed I loved him more and more.
This novel also gives a great sense of what it would be like as a Jew during this time period. Dogar isn't afraid to show the more gruesome acts that were inflicted on this people. It was enough to make you shake your head, crying.
Read Annexed. It is definitely worth it. This novel will be released October 4, 2010.
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