Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Book - 2014 | 1st ed.
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In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062278814
Branch Call Number: BLANK
Characteristics: 401 p.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 09, 2017

I only started enjoying this book halfway through, as then the darkness set in and it felt a bit interesting to get into. This was another friend recommendation that I would have liked to have read when I was 13 or 14, rather than slightly older now. It lacked a bit in action, but made up for it in mystery and fear. However, there is an implied bit so I would advise readers to be at least teens or have mature morals. The whole entire spin on Germany and its history in the 1930's felt realistically woven from Gretchen's perspective, and the lies and secrets only sweeten the book as despair starts to chase away hope. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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missymooria
Aug 02, 2016

This was an incredible story; I could barely put it down. Anne Blankman's researching skills are incredible and the author's note at the end was extremely interesting. Through parts of the story - for example when Daniel and Gretchen are sneaking through an apartment - I found myself actually holding my breath with the suspense. Also, it was a good clean read, which I very much appreciated. Can't wait to read the sequel.

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livieb17
Jun 02, 2015

I was so excited to read this. I have always loved historical fiction and this was no exception. Especially with my german heritage it was a bit of a history lesson. It had such an interesting point of view to. Anne Blankman definitely put lots of work into this book. Researching the history of Germany and Hitler. She even snuck in a bit of German terminology in. Seeing Gretchen's point of view of 'Uncle Dolf' was super cool. Most of the book was based on real events with fictional characters. Fast paced and full of suspense and action. This book was impossible to put down and I can't wait to read the next (Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke).

booklady413 Mar 05, 2015

This book about the rise of Hitler will keep you on the edge of your seat. Gretchen and her family are loyal National Socialists in early 1930's Germany. She actually calls Hitler Uncle Dolf, and her deceased father was a close friend of Hitler's. She is loyal to the party and wants her uncle to lead the German people, until she meets Daniel, a Jewish journalist. How can this teen reconcile her love of a man she thought she knew and a budding romance with the "enemy".

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muffin0321
Jan 11, 2015

fast moving and full of action. Had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Strongly recommend

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jazpur
Jul 14, 2014

There have been several novels written along similar lines recently including The English Girl and The Book Thief. This one, set in Munich, provides a closer look at the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and offers an insight into his 'difficult' personality. Gripping and scary told from the point of view of an impressionable young woman about to have most of her life's ideals and illusions shattered along with her family dynamic..An impressive first novel.

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supernena
Jun 02, 2014

A very fast-moving, action-full novel. The author gives the characters vivid dialogue and you feel as if you are there along with the main character Gretchen in Munich, Germany 1930s.

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livieb17
Jun 02, 2015

livieb17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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supernena
Jun 02, 2014

supernena thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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SlotFather
Jun 28, 2014

Never show your enemies how much you care, Papa had taught, because then they have power over you.

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supernena
Jun 02, 2014

"How Hitler had smiled when he set his drained cup down. The boy’s life snuffed out by the night and the fog, while his father watches but sees nothing. He laughed. This is how we shall make our enemies disappear, too, one day."

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