In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their 15-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept....
A sweeping tale of love and loss, with the poignant story of the Kindertransport at its heart, this is an exceptional accomplishment from one of Britain's bravest and most vibrant young writers.
©2011 Jake Wallis Simons (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
The English German Girl was a book I picked up on a whim, and I am glad I did!
The book begins in 1933 Berlin, with flashes forward in time, quietly showing the difficulty of living as a Jew in Germany, the trip on the Kindertransport, and life in England for Rosa.
I won't spoil it, but I did think the last chapter could have been cut out of the book entirely - the coincidence was strictly unnecessary, and made it seem like the author just needed a few extra pages. This is why I could only give the story 4 stars. Beyond that, the author and narrator were pitch-perfect, and I would recommend this book to anyone!
I haven't read the book, but I feel like I have. Teal puts in all the voices and you get lost in the story and imagining the scenes.
This book is so well written it can be compared to the classics
I love the way the story weaves together and German words are sprinkled throughout. I got lost in this book and was thrilled it was long, but wished it were longer.
I loved every minute of this book. Julie Teel is a very tallented narrator. The last chapter gave a reall end to the story, a very realistic end. I have so much more to say about this book, but I don't want to spoil it. I highly recommend it.
"A moving story, well told."
Interesting, informative, shocking, heartbreaking, moving. Skillfully read. I thoroughly recommend this book, I cannot fault it.
"A pleasure to read"
This is a simple and touching story exploring the sadness endured when a family is torn apart and the great strength of will a young women must call on. I simply couldn’t put it down. I love to hear more from this author.
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