My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve

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Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder medal for most oustanding children's book in translation.

Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life forever

At the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England. Taken in by strangers who soon become more like family than her real parents, Frances (as she is now known) courageously pieces together a new life for herself because she doesn't know when or if she'll see her true family again. Against the backdrop of war-torn London, Frances struggles with questions of identity, family, and love, and these experiences shape her into a dauntless, charming young woman.

Originally published in Germany, Anne Voorhoeve's award-winning novel is filled with humor, danger, and romance.
 

About Anne C. Voorhoeve

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Anne C. Voorhoeve is an award-winning German novelist and screenwriter. She lives in Berlin, Germany.Tammi Reichel is a professor of German at the University of Richmond and lives with her family in Virginia.
 
Published February 16, 2012 by Dial Books. 409 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When her father is arrested on November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht), and sent to a concentration camp, 10-year-old Franziska Mangold, raised Protestant though of Jewish ancestry, gets a coveted spot on the Kindertransport, which carries her from Berlin to London, where she is taken in by a kind-heart...

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Voorhoeve cogently explores themes of motherhood and adoptive families, conveying the girl's complicated relationship with her narcissistic, unstable birth mother and her growing closeness to her loving adoptive one.

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She is given a place and is sent to England, where she ends up with an Orthodox Jewish family, a family that quickly becomes her own.

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