Monday, April 12, 2010

Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

"In 1914 my story begins."

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Summary: 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.

Viking Press; 309 pages


Mary W said...

I generally like historical fiction from this time period, but this one really did not wow me at all. I did finish the book, but after finishing it, I asked myself, "That was it?" I found a small typo at the bottom of page 224. "a" should be "at." There are a lot of important names in the book, true to the time period. I didn't really understand the significance of the names.

Overall, I was excited to read this book, but was disappointed when I finished it.

tessyohnka said...

I enjoyed this book -- I loved that it dealt with HItler's rise to power and the fact that the educated world had a very different opinion of him than those who were willing to scapegoat -- to see all their problems as a result of the Jews or the Communists. I was only sorry that there had to be references to the older sister "doing it" so that it has to be recommended to older readers.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a good book, but not a great book. I liked the angle Lasky took on the rise of Hitler, something we don't hear as often as other aspects of his time in power. I thought the book was slightly predictable in regards to the storylines with Karl and Gaby's teacher. I also agree with tessyohnka about it being for older readers due to some of the comments in the book.