Although a bit slow to start, this develops into a great read which realistically describes the experience of a young German boy during Second World War. Sent to live in an orphanage in Warsaw after his parents are killed by the Russians, Peter is soon fostered by a German family who regard his ‘Aryan’ looks to be perfect. Given the best of everything, Peter starts to question his privileged lifestyle, realizing that fitting the mould set for him is not all that easy. Paul Dowswell’s novel, based on historical fact, provides much insight into many issues surrounding those difficult war years.
Theme Fiction: Historical Fiction
Suitable: Year 10-12