Annexed by Sharon Dogar

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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.

About Sharon Dogar

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Sharon Dogar is a children's psychotherapist who lives in Oxford, England with her family.
Published October 4, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 357 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Peter’s dying thoughts (completely imagined, as there is little documentation of his life after the Annex was raided) are interspersed with events readers will likely recognize from Anne’s diary, but in Peter’s eyes Anne annoys as well as enchants.

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After millions of copies of her diary have been sold in numberless languages, after generations of schoolchildren have "done" it as a set text, after the docudramas and the plays and the movies, a sepia-coloured hagiographic glaze has settled over Anne.

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BC Books

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My inability to put the book down might have been where I thought the story was going and how it would inevitably end, an ending that is revealed in the preface of the book but nothing could have prepared me for the impact of those final pages.

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BC Books

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She would never know the profound effect that the hope and ideas contained in her diary would have on millions of children and adults worldwide as The Diary of a Young Girl (also known as The Diary of Anne Frank) became one of the most read and loved books of all time.

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Peter van Pels asked toward the end of this poignant powerful novel- a stunning look seen through a different lens.” Gail Vinett, Ingram Book Company Anne Frank is a household name because of her diary and the horrors she, her family and millions others suffered through during World War II.

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The Bookbag

Dogar's references - there is one to masturbation, another to fondling, and Peter worries that he will never make love to a girl several times - are always delicate and oblique, never crude.

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However on the other hand, there were moments where Peter does act like his age – his references to Lise are frequent, and his sullen sulky moods are also prevalent.

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The Overflowing Library

I actually think it would be more accesible in some ways than Anne Franks diary for some (especially boys) and it is a brilliant companion to it despite it being a work of fiction as it is so well researched and put together to fit alongside Anne Frank's Diary.

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Annexed

The American Book Center Blog

However, what does work about Annexed is how suitably claustrophobic and nightmarish it is, its poetic language, awareness of nature (yeah, the tree is in there) and of course the terrors of WWII, especially in the second part (which owes a little too much to Primo Levi.) As a result, it’s not as...

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Booked Solid

Thanks to Dogar’s sensitivity and attention to detail, Anne Frank’s “Peter” may now also go down in history: as a thoughtful young adult thrust into an unfathomable tragedy, yet maintaining his humanity and longing for life—until time ran out.

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Arlington Library

Annexed by Sharon Dogar is a companion novel to Anne Frank's well known The Diary of a Young Girl.

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