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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald On Tour with Iread



Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.

Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
Author Nancy McDonald

Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

connect with the author:   website ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads

My Thoughts
My 9 year old son and I read this book together. We really enjoyed it. It sparked a lot of good conversation and a lot of questions to the Holocaust. This book is a book through the eyes of an 8 year old, Kafer. Kafer overhears his mother talking to his aunt Charlotte about leaving in the middle of the night. Kafer tells his siblings and they do not believe him, until after dinner the news is broken to them that they are leaving. Kafer at first does not understand why they have to leave their comfortable home, but he starts to understand. He then realizes that his family is Jewish, and they need to leave the area. 
This book follows the journey of Kafer's family as they leave Berlin and head to England. They encounter some roadblocks along the way. (When they stop for breakfast and the SS soldier grills young Kafer, your heart will be pounding) Follow the journey. 
This book is well researched, well written and is geared toward middle grades. My son is in 4th grade and we took turns reading the book outloud. There were some words he struggled with. His 7 year old brother listed for part of it. 
I look forward to reviewing the sequel of this book (One Boy's War). Please come back for my review for this. 

I received a copy of this book through the IreadTours blogging program. All thoughts are my own. 

You can win: Autographed set of BOY FROM BERLIN & ONE BOY’S WAR. (one winner) (USA and Canada only)

Enter: HERE

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your wonderful review Connie! I'm so pleased to hear you and your son read it together and that it sparked conversation about an important time in history. I'm eager for your thoughts on One Boy's War.