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This week I'm waiting on...
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Summary from Waterstones.com: Everyone knows about Anne Frank, and her life hidden in the secret annexe - or do they? Peter van Pels and his family are locked away in there with the Franks, and Peter sees it all differently. He's a boy, and for a boy it's just not the same. What is it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, to hate her and then find yourself falling in love with her? To know you're being written about in her diary, day after day? What's it like to sit and wait and watch whilst others die, and you wish you were fighting? How can Anne and Peter try to make sense of one of the most devastating episodes in recent history - the holocaust? Anne's diary ends on August 4 1944, but Peter's story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion, the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz - and the terrible conclusion. It's a story rooted firmly in history and it asks a question of us all: Are we listening? 'Is anybody there?' Peter cries from the depths of his despair in the camps. Read it, and you will be.
I first read Anne Frank's diary when I was in primary school, and it's never left me. When I was in Amsterdam a few years ago I visited the secret annexe of the house where Anne and her family lived in hiding, and I was surprised by how small the rooms were and how exposed it felt. I'm really intrigued to see how Sharon Dogar imagines this experience from the point of view of Peter van Pels. I think it'll be an emotionally difficult read, but an important one.
Annexed is due out on September 2nd 2010 in the UK and October 4th 2010 in the US.