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The borrowed house
Van Stockum, Hilda
Children's Fiction VAN STO

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Anna said:
A young German girl living in Holland during WWII discovers that the house she lives in used to belong to a Dutch family who were evicted when the Nazis took over. Quite by accident, she finds a secret passage which contains a secret that might put her and many others in danger. Plot - Very original and executed delightfully well. 5/5 Characters - Very believable and near-to-life. One is able to identify with them easily. 5/5 Writing style - Like all of Hilda van Stockum's books, the style is immpeccable. 5/5 Content - This book is recommended for those age 14 and older. The plot deals with the horrible reality of the Holocaust. There is also a sub-plot involving the main character's married mother and a man who desires her as his wife. There is a scene in which drunken men attempt to kiss the main character. She escapes before anything more occurs. The main character experiences a very sweet romance. 4/5 Overall - A wonderful, if bitter-sweet story which explores the theme of reality vs. a dream world. 5/5 This author has always impressed me, and I would recommend any book by her. This, however, is my absolute favorite, which I have reread many times over.
posted Jul 3, 2011 at 2:56PM
Anna said:
A young German girl living in Holland during WWII discovers that the house she lives in used to belong to a Dutch family who were evicted when the Nazis took over. Quite by accident, she finds a secret passage which contains a secret that might put her and many others in danger. Plot - Very original and executed delightfully well. 5/5 Characters - Very believable and near-to-life. One is able to identify with them easily. 5/5 Writing style - Like all of Hilda van Stockum's books, the style is immpeccable. 5/5 Content - This book is recommended for those age 14 and older. The plot deals with the horrible reality of the Holocaust. There is also a sub-plot involving the main character's married mother and a man who desires her as his wife. There is a scene in which drunken men attempt to kiss the main character. She escapes before anything more occurs. The main character experiences a very sweet romance. 4/5 Overall - A wonderful, if bitter-sweet story which explores the theme of reality vs. a dream world. 5/5 This author has always impressed me, and I would recommend any book by her. This, however, is my absolute favorite, which I have reread many times over.
posted Jul 3, 2011 at 2:56PM
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I loved it! Best historical fiction I have read!
posted Jan 26, 2014 at 6:19PM
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