Genre: Historical, Holocaust, YA
This book sneaks up on you.
It’s quiet. So quiet. A teenage girl who doesn’t get along with her mother is stood up by her date. An older sister who dreams of working in the theater. Normal things. Life things.
And then we see a father who wants to protect his family from harm–hiding the nasty slogans painted on their shop window every morning. A boy striving to do right, to smuggle Jews into Sweden, but tongue tied by his inability to tell the truth. A neighbor who tells himself there is no need to warn the Jewish family in his building about what he knows is coming.
It is quiet and unassuming, with the every day pattern of life, and then, without the reader hardly noticing, the horror creeps in. Horror beyond imagining.
I think that is why this book has so much impact–because it mirrors so perfectly the quietness with which the Holocaust crept into people’s lives and the maddening silence that characterized those who let it happen.