The Book of Lost Names
By: Kristin Harmel
Guest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Best for: 12 and up
Lost people of the Holocaust found
Guest Review by Julie Hilton
An old woman with a boring history suddenly decides to take a trip to Germany after reading about Berlin librarian’s attempts to return books to rightful owner after they’d been stolen by Nazis during WWII. She’d never told anyone–not ever her family–about her own experiences during the war. But she recognized a book in the story she’d read. It was an old religious text, but also contained a code–a code she could decipher…
I loved the intrigue and history in this work of fiction. It brought to life a likely piece of a larger conflict. People helping people, using codes and stealth to do so. I like hearing stories of bravery in the worst of circumstances.
The book deals with WWII and the Holocaust. It’s done in a manner I’d be ok with my 11-year-old reading.
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