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It's 1944 and Anna's in the Sudetenland, her elder brother is at the front and her younger one is a fanatical member of the Nazi Youth. When she finds an escaped Russian soldier hiding in their barn, nearly dead, humanity conquers fear and she hides him in a disused bunker and continues to feed him despite knowing that if caught she'd be executed as a traitor. She doesn't dare tell even her mother. As the front approaches their village from the east it seems the Russian prisoner will soon be re-united with his comrades - but will Anna's already suspicious brother uncover her guilty secret first and expose her to a traitor's fate, and her family to destruction? An incredibly realistic and moving account of how one girl refuses to accept Nazi ideology and has the courage of her own conviction. A riveting insight into how the war affected the Sudetenland and its German and Czech population
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Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: UY
Quiz Number: 207169
When Anna finds an escaped Russian prisoner of warhiding in her grandmother's barn, she knows it's her duty to report him. Instead she provides him with food and clothing and finds him a safer place to hide in a disused bunker, hoping that he will try to escape over the Czech border. But each weekend when she returns from school, the prisoner is still there. Why doesn't he try to escape? And how long will it be before her younger brotheer Felix, a fanatical member of the Hitler Youth, becomes suspicious of Anna's visits to the bunker?
This gripping and moving novl is set in an isolated German village in the closing months of World War II.
Gudrun Pausewang is a prize-winning German novelist whose books for teenagers have been widely translated.
Translated by Rachel Ward