Escape from Berlin – Irene Watts.

This was definitely a middle grade book, although in NetGalley it was listed as YA. I had a problem with that at the beginning, but the further I got into the stories of the children involved in Kindertransport, the less I cared what level of reading it was – I just wanted to know the outcome!!

As someone who loves WWII era stories, to be able to read three short novels about Kindertransport – which I had never heard of until I requested this galley – that was utterly fascinating. In case you don’t know, Kindertransport was the time in WWII era Germany when a lot of Jewish children were sent by train to England. They went with minimal adults – just enough to watch over them, and the adults were not allowed to stay in England. Parts of the stories were heartbreaking – for example, when Marianne had to leave her mother and didn’t know if she would ever see her again.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Kindertransport or who is looking for a good middle grade read for a child who is interested in WWII.

Many thanks to Tundra Books, via NetGalley, for an opportunity to read and review this novel.


Bullying Under Attack – HCI books.

4/5 stars.

This book is a much-needed anthology, I believe, in this world where bullying is so common and comes in so many different forms. There are not a lot of books out there written by teens, for teens, about bullying – especially including the perspective of the bully and the bystander. Some of the stories and poems were more enlightening and interesting for me, as an adult, to read, than others – but all were good overall.
I would recommend this book to really any teen that I know, whether they suffer from bullying or not. It is a huge pick-me-up in some places, because of the victorious stories where the victim either gets an apology from the bully, or the bully decides that s/he should no longer bully, for whatever reason. I would also recommend this book to anyone who works with teens for a living, such as youth pastors, high school teachers, therapists, etc. Overall, I am glad that I read it. It was a little overwhelming at times, with all of the stories and poems about bullying, but it was an interesting anthology.

Many thanks to HCI books via NetGalley for an opportunity to read and review this book.