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the-girl-in-the-blue-coatSet in Amsterdam during World War II, Hanneke expresses her defiance of the overbearing invasion of the German Army into her homeland by secretly sourcing and delivering sought after black market goods, a job she has taken to support her ailing parents.  When one of her customers begs her to help locate a young Jewish girl who mysteriously disappeared from a hiding place in her home, Hanneke starts to see the reality of what is taking place in her home.   Monica Hesse writes with clarity and empathy.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Historical Fiction
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

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early-one-morningAn engaging story which has the reader transfixed from the page one!  Walking in a Jewish Ghetto in Rome in 1943, Chiara locks eyes with a woman as she and her family are forced onto a truck that will transport them to a concentration camp.  In the blink of an eye, Chiara makes a decision that will change her life forever. By screaming loudly that the young child clinging to this woman’s hand is the son of her sister she demands he be released into her custody.  Chiara is astounded when she suddenly finds the child in her arms. And so starts a saga of unimaginable proportions.  Baily’s fabulous writing style includes some outstanding, memorable extracts.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction: 
Mystery; Historical Fiction
Suitability:  9-12+

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The perfumer's secretThe arranged marriage of Fleurette, the only daughter of a wealthy Delacroix perfume dynasty, to Aimery, the head of another pre-eminent French perfume manufacturer on the eve of World War I is dreaded by Fleurette.  She not only loathes the man, but he literally makes her skin crawl. Yet, Fleurette is being forced to marry him for the good of the family.  A letter intended to stop the wedding proceeding is sent by the estranged brother of the groom, but it arrives too late. Only the tolling of the city bells on the night of their wedding, calling all the men of France to the battle fields, saves Fleurette from having to share the matrimonial bed with this repulsive man.  Months later, when the contents of the letter are fully explained to her in person by his brother, Fleurette finally becomes privy to a shocking and profound secret.  Evocative writing combine with a complex plot to captivate and entrance the reader.  Anticipating the outcome is cloaked in mystery until the very end.  A fabulous read by Fiona McIntosh!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Historical Fiction
Suitability: Year 10-12+

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Shahana
In another of the ‘Through my eyes’ series, Hawke allows us to traverse the terrain of a land invaded and fought over by Pakistani and Indian soldiers.  Living in Kashmir, Shahana lives alone with her young brother, struggling on a daily basis to stay safe and alive.  The characters and description of this war ravaged region are real and frightening.  A must read!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Historical Fiction
Suitability:  Year 9-10

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Lawson - Freedom RideAn engaging historical fiction highlighting the racist attitude prevailing in Australia in the ’50’s and ’60’s which barred Aborigines from being treated as equal citizens in their own country.  With authentic characters created to deliver the outlandish racist attitude and behaviour of local country people, the reader is left with a clear impression of what life must have been like for Aborigines growing up in Australia in this time.  A great read by Sue Lawson.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Historical Fiction
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

 

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The Ink Bridge
Grant’s penmanship transports the reader to a world known only by Afghanis.  The abject fear instilled in them by the Taliban and by the poverty, hardship and sheer terror that surrounds them on a daily basis unfold slowly and clearly reaching into the very soul of those reading it.  Grant’s choice of words and phrases and his manipulation of them to create not only a story but a mood and atmosphere make this novel stand out.  Omed and Hec, the two main characters, one an Afghani and the other an Australian, are so credible that they feel as though they are in the room with us as we read.  Never again, on completion of this read, is it possible to consider ‘asylum seekers’ as we had previously.    A poignantly told story of Afghanistan and its people.  A great read.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Historical Fiction
Suitable:  Year 9-12+

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Wrong boy
While trying to paint a picture of the bleak and horrific realities of the Holocaust, Zail has aimed to increase readership amongst the young adult audience likely to read this book by throwing in an unlikely ‘love story’ with characters that don’t seem wholly credible.  This tactic however, not only detracts from the novel’s main theme, but tends to ‘ease’ the horror that faced those tortured, starved, gassed and executed at the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Zail’s writing style, which tends to paint broad sweeping scenes that jump awkwardly in time, place and location, may only be best understood by those readers very familiar with historical facts of the Holocaust.  For those without this in depth knowledge, the picture created tends to be far ‘rosier’ than reality.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction: Historical Fiction
Suitable:  Year 9-12

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