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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex [Kindle Edition]

Anne Frank , Gerrold van der Stroom , Susan Massotty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annexe"  of an old office building in Amsterdam, a  thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer.  The now famous diary of her private life and  thoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however.  This book completes the portrait of this remarkable  and talented young  author.

Tales from the Secret Annex is a  complete collection of Anne Frank's lesser-known  writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences,  and an unfinished novel. Here, too, are portions  of the diary originally withheld from publication  by her father. By turns fantastical, rebellious,  touching, funny, and heartbreaking, these writings  reveal the astonishing range of Anne Frank's  wisdom and imagination--as well as her indomitable love  of life. Anne Frank's  Tales from the Secret Annex is a  testaments to this determined young woman's extraordinary  genius and to the persistent strength of the  creative spirit.

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Text: English, Dutch (translation)

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The candid, poignant, unforgettable writing of the young girl whose own life story has become an everlasting source of courage and inspiration.

Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however. This book rounds out the portrait of this remarkable and talented young author.

Newly translated, complete, and restored to the original order in which Anne herself wrote them in her notebook, Tales from the Secret Annex is a collection of Anne Frank's lesser-known writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, and an unfinished novel, Cady's Life.

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  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJUP70
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Kali
Also published under the title "Tales from the House Behind," this is a collection of juvenile/young adult stories that Anne Frank worked on during her years in hiding in the annex with her family and fellow fugitives. It proves that this young girl had an incredible gift for writing, and that had she lived she probably would have been received the Noble Prize for Literature. Her stories were often candid indictments of her own family life, such as Kitty, which tells the story of a young girl who day-dreams and a mother who wants her child to listen and obey rather than dream. Anne's essays show an in-depth understanding of human nature, surprising for one so young. This is a poignant book filled with fables, short stories, essays and even part of an unfinished novel. It's worth reading after you have read "The Diary of Anne Frank" simply because the diary will give you more insight to this amazing girl's life. However "Tales from the Secret Annex" stands on its own too, and like the diary should be on every school child's list of books to read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Anne Frank devotees and young adults. April 4, 1999
By A Customer
These stories and essays are well-crafted, yet easy to read. There are lessons to be learned from each piece, and these lessons can be identified easily. But the themes and ideas remain in your head and leave you thinking long after you set the book down - thinking about Anne Frank's life in the Nazi-occupied Europe as well as her ideals. Anyone will discover some aspect of their persona mirrored in Frank's characters, whether it may be through Paula or Kathy or Eve or anyone else.
You should approach the book with an open mind and respect for the writing. If you see that Frank was an intelligent young human being, and not a little kid whose writing you can deal with condescendingly, read this book. Otherwise, skip it. This is honest, wise, well-crafted work, and it should be treated as such.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable stories for young and old alike. January 28, 2002
In her now famous Diary, Anne Frank said "I want to go on living even after my death". As of 1998, The Diary of Anne Frank had reached sales of 25 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. (source: TIME, October 5, 1998). It has been required classroom reading for half a century now! In a way, her wish has come to pass.
This subsequent publication "Tales From The Secret Annex" combines short stories, reminiscences/vignettes, and even an unfinished novel to show us yet another dimension to this remarkable person. Reading these stories and little essays confirmed my personal opinion that Anne Frank was a childhood genius with unlimited potential to achieve anything she would have set her mind to. It's hard to imagine this thirteen year old girl writing with such depth and perception, while living in seclusion, terror and fear for her life. She was writing from her heart, not with an expectation of being published. And yet these stories shine with a polished brilliance, and a certain unforgettable quality. I read this book for the first time 8 years ago, and have returned to it now, remembering the stories as though I had read them just last week. My favorite is entitled "Kathy". In three short pages, Anne captures every emotion experienced by a kid who is misunderstood by her mother, assaulted by schoolyard bullies who mock and rob her and cause her to lose the gift she was bringing home to her mother.
Here is how she ends her essay entitled "Give":
"If only our country and then Europe and finally the whole world would realize that people were really kindly disposed toward one another, that they are all equal and everything else is transitory!
Open your eyes... give of yourself, give as much as you can!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Talent and Insights May 15, 2000
Having read Anne Frank's famous Diary, I chose to read this volume as well, almost a companion volume to the first. Her diary mentions her writing efforts and it is fun to read them here in their entirety. The quality of the stories increases immensely as we go from one to the next, proving the old axiom that the only way to improve your writing is to practice. But what is really amazing is the insights this young girl was able to bring to her stories. Several seem to be quite plain on the surface yet have an underlying message or theme. Most of them are understandably coming-of-age stories. In addition, we get a little more insight into her life in the attic and those people that surrounded her during that time.
If you enjoyed reading Anne Frank's Diary, then you will also enjoy this volume of stories.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion book for the famous diary April 22, 2000
Had this been a collection of stories and essays by anybody else, I would have thought it was nothing special. But having read the Diary of Anne Frank first, the stories and essays make so much more sense. You can just see her whiling away the dull moments of the life in the secret annex, honing her writing skills. It is easy to see her skills as a writer increase from story to story. But even more interesting is to read the messages contained within her works. The writing skills she displays are obviously that of a teenager, although much better than most people her age. But the real value of these pieces are the insights which she brings to them; her life experiences and her approach to life's big questions. The last essay in the collection is entitled, "Why" and seems to sum up her short life. Read this book, but only after you read the Diary so the essays will be meaningful.
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The condition of this book was great. Brand new.
Published 1 month ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Love the Diary
When Karl Silberbauer dumped the contents of Otto Frank's briefcase onto the floor of the Secret Annex on 4 August 1944, he discarded more than just the Diary of Anne Frank. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RestonReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not complete enough
Anne Frank is one of my favorite people. Her diary was my favorite to teach in the English class. When she had a fault, she didn't blame her nature for the shortcoming but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell E Shipp
3.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank
The story is not about her life it's about her journal that she wrote stories in. It has the stories in it that were the stories she wrote wanting to be an author. :)
Published 4 months ago by fun game !!!!!!!!! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
this book shows how Anne felt during her time in the annex through her writing and many things I did not realize about her
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed
I was truly amazed at the way this a 14 year old girl was able to maintain her peace and her witt in the midst of such insanity and turmoil. Read more
Published 4 months ago by allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex
Very interesting read. To read and understand not only her story but those of other Jews that went into hiding from the Germans. I love her attitude. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Janet L. Mancini
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
Amazing work for it's literary quality. Anne's ability to articulate her feelings and thoughts amazed me considering her age. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roseann Blankenship
4.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I read this when I was in school, such a good book to readKings of Awakening Vampires and Purebloods
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