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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  

Prisoner of Night and Fog

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A tale of Hitler’s rise to power seen from the point of view of his niece, 17-year old Gretchen who is perhaps a bit too curious about her father’s death. He died shielding a bullet from his beloved leader. Or did he? There is a simplicity to this writing that is aimed at a young reader and which lends it a bleak power. Cruel and uncertain times from a teenager’s perspective makes for a dark read. It leaves threads open for its sequel next year.

If you like Anne Blankman you might also like to read books by Markus Zusak, Elizabeth Wein and John Boyne.

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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

An explosive, fast-paced thriller set in Nazi Germany, perfect for readers who enjoyed THE BOOK THIEF.'It's terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true' Elizabeth Wein, author of CODE NAME VERITY. Gretchen Muller has, as best she can, dealt with the horrors of her family's past. Her father, a senior Nazi officer, died to save the life of their leader, Adolf Hitler. And now Germany has the chance to be great once more. Swept up in the excitement and passion of life in Munich in 1931, seventeen-year-old Gretchen has embraced the life laid out for her by that leader, her 'Uncle Dolf'. But the secrets of the past cannot be silenced forever. When Gretchen receives a letter from an anonymous sender claiming to have more information about her father's death, she becomes swept up in a desperate and dangerous search for the truth. With the full might of the ever-powerful Nazi party on her tail, it is a race that will risk everything she has and change her life forever...

Reviews

'I'm in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. To read Prisoner of Night and Fog is to be immersed in a breathtaking evocation of Munich in the 1930s, where life is ordinary and skin-crawling by turns, and in the painful, hopeful story of one young girl's awakening conscience. It's terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true.'

- Elizabeth Wein, author of CODENAME VERITY

'A tremendously cleverly constructed and terrifically compelling story that puts you right back into History - I read this one obsessively and felt every single moment.'

-www.lizlovesbooks.com

'I haven't liked a historical fiction novel quite this much since Elizabeth Wein's Rose Under Fire. Prisoner of Night and Fog is completely absorbing. It's well-written and clever, and the sort of book that lingers in your thoughts well after the final pages.'

-www.realmoffiction.blogspot.co.uk

'Completely engrossing.'

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Anne Blankman was born in upstate New York and studied at Union College, during which time she did an exchange in York, England - a place she's always dreamed of returning to. She has since worked as a youth services librarian. The idea for PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG came to her after she learned about Hitler's beloved half niece who shared his luxurious Munich flat. Anne began wondering what it would have been like to be a young girl growing up within the Nazi elite's inner circle - and if it would have been possible to break free from it. This is her debut novel.

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Anne Blankman

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781472207845

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