The Edge of War

The Edge of War

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This is the story of the many dangers faced by three German children as they endured the hardships of World War II. It tells of the air raids, fires and difficult journeys experienced by Anna, her sister Kati and their younger brother Nikki in a small German farming more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 114 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 12mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192716662
  • 9780192716668

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By the author of Tom and Maggie (p. 693/C-111), a less well-developed story of children under stress. Anna's family is marked for trouble under the Nazis: darkhaired, Catholic, and none of them Party members. Father is an officer who suffers for his courage in speaking out, but survives detention; Mother, a teacher, is shipped off to a one-room school near the Polish border, but brings the family back to western Germany just before the Russians arrive. Though well-researched and obviously intended to make a case for conscientious anti-Nazis, Horgan's account lacks the firsthand immediacy of the many novels written by German survivors of the war; her characters and events are almost schematic, and the most dramatic events - Anna and a young Polish slave laborer take turns saving one another - depend on coincidence. Still, the background is authentic; the values are fairly presented; and the reading level, combined with the brisk action and age of the protagonist (Anna is 17 in 1945), would lend this to hi-lo use. (Kirkus Reviews)show more