Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday(2)

"Road Trip Wednesday" is a 'Blog Carnival,' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading- related question that begs to be answered.


 This weeks question: Back to school time! What's your favorite book that you had to read for a

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
I honestly don't ever really like being told what to read so I was shocked I enjoyed this book. I had to read it last year for English class and I'm pretty sure that was my favorite part of that class. I also rarely read books that have to do with history and things that have actually happened in the past but I really enjoyed the aspect of getting to see the world through someone elses eyes instead of being told a bunch of boring facts. (:

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  1. Anne Frank. Great pick! So beautiful and tragic.

  2. I think I could safely say that the diary of Anne Frank was the best Holocaust book I experienced in a school curriculum--in addition to being a moving story, it's a primary historical document.

  3. I haven't actually read this yet (*gasp!*), but as a first hand account, it's historical value--let alone its literary worth--is priceless.

  4. Oh, I forgot about that one. Good choice!

  5. Oh, I forgot about that one. Good choice!


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