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Reiss, Johanna
New York : Harper & Row, 1987.
IL 5-8 RL 5.9
ISBN 0690851278
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

Annie and Sini are sisters who live in an upstairs room with a farmer and his wife and mother-in-law. "The Upstairs Room" is Annie's telling of the more than two years of isolation young 11 and 19 year old girls feel as they endure the harsh realities of Hitler's search to kill all Jews. This story is a true one. Joanna Reiss was Annie. She did rely on the bravery of a family in Holland who risked their own safety to shelter two, sometimes unthankful, but nonetheless very lovable children.

Booktalk #2
Annie and her sister, Sini are in hiding in a room in a farmer's house above the kitchen. They are hiding from the Nazis who are searching Holland for Jews to put in their concentration camps. Before they went into hiding, when they were living in the town of Winterswijk, their whole town turned against them, insulting and hurting them in many ways. They also knew that the Nazis would soon find them. So Annie's family decided to move to the countryside to hide from the Nazis, and from the cruelty of the townsfolk, and the dangers they face. Annie's dream is to eventually go to America, and she hopes she can do so and live freely there. Will she survive these horrible events, and will she ever get to go to America?  (John C., Student, Age 11)

SUBJECTS:     Netherlands -- History -- 1940-1945
                        World War, 1939-1945
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews


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