An prizewinning novel for readers of 8 - 12, told through the voice of a contemporary child, as she weaves a story about a secret child of Hitler.
The bombs were falling, the smoke was rising from the concentration camps, but all Hitler's daughter knew was lessons with Fraulein Gelber, the hedgehogs she rescued from the cold and infrequent visits from her beloved Duffi, her father. Was it just a story? Did Hitler's daughter really exist? If you were Hitler's daughter, would it all be your fault?
Could you still love your own father if he had done what Hitler did?
Mark, a contemporary child, starts to question his own beliefs as he listens to the story that Anna weaves. A wonderfully sensitive and gripping time-slip novel that will sit well with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit; Number the Stars and Big Tom.
WW2 is a major historical topic studied in in UK primary and secondary schools, but this novel also deals with questions children so often ask of the 'What if?' variety.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/11/2001
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780007122721
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Review by jon1lambert
So, Hitler had a daughter and he has a granddaughter or was it a great granddaughter in Australia. This is a story, however. Is its aim to address issues of genocide, right and wrong, what makes people evil etc or what?
Review by DebbieMcCauley
Set in Australia. Mark, Anna, her sister Tracey, and Ben meet up at the bus stop every morning. Anna's younger sister likes 'The Story Game' where each child makes up a story. When it is Anna's turn, she starts to tell them about Hitler's make-believe daughter, Heidi, who had a birth defect and was hidden from public view. Mark starts to think deeply about the issues raised by Anna's story and can't wait to hear more. What if Hitler did have a secret daughter, and what if she did escape the bunker and make her way to Australia? This book is a way to view this part of history through a different lens. Interesting.