Ashes

Ashes

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In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby Schramm witnesses the beginning of Hitler's rise to power, as soldiers become ubiquitous, her beloved literature teacher starts wearing a jewelled swastika pin, and the family's dear friend, Albert Einstein, leaves the country while Gaby's parents secretly bury his books and papers in their small yard.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010
ISBN: 9780670011575
0670011576
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 22 cm

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SPL_Childrens Jun 24, 2016

Please see the "Summary' section for a review of this title.

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emilysteeves
Jan 24, 2012

A great historical novel about a 13 year old girl in Berlin at the time of the rise of Hitler. I wish I read it while I was learning History 12.

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amderdog
Aug 18, 2011

I found this book okay, but rather predictable. This book also failed to capture my attention when I was reading it.

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MOM_MY11206
Jan 18, 2011

A fascinating look into pre-WWII Germany through the eyes of 13-year old Gabby. I had always wondered, if there were Germans who didn't support Hitler, what did they do, or think? The answer comes as we read about Gabriella's comfortable life in Berlin, and how it changes as Hitler rises.

Gabby is a great character; a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, totally aware that political events in her country must impact her life and the lives of her family. She has a strong mind, but she is like a lot of kids at any point in time. She succumbs to peer pressure in moments of fear. The one thing she never stops doing is asking questions; she wants to know and understand what's happening, why it's happening. Gabby understands that Germany, and the world, are about to change forever.

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SPL_Childrens Jun 24, 2016

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany quickly changed the world of 13-year-old Gabriella Schramm. Many of her friends and those of her parents were Jewish. Suddenly they were denied schooling, jobs and various freedoms. Then they were persecuted. Some were able to flee the country, but many were taken away. Other people, once trustworthy, became Nazis. There were new rules for everyone, and many freedoms were taken away. It was a tumultuous and dangerous time, and Gaby took refuge in the comfort of her books. Then books, too, were threatened.
Gaby and her best friend, Rosa, loved reading the stories of authors such as Jack London, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and other authors. Such books, however, were deemed by the Nazis to “offend the purity of the German spirit”, and they were banned. Many other books were declared to be “unGerman”, and these books were burnt. Gaby was horrified. She knew then that her world – Berlin, and Germany - had become entirely irrational.
Gaby’s parents also recognized the instability and danger of the Nazi regime. They realized that fleeing the country was the only safe option for the family.
The suspense, compelling story of the Schramm family, their escape from Germany and Hitler’s rise to power, is based on real events and real people.
Kathryn Lasky is a Newbery-Award winning author of many children's books.
** Recommended for ages 10 to 14 years of age.

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