A 2013 ALSC Notable Children's Book
Kids' Indie Next List, Spring 2012
(Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers)
* "With the personal Kindertransport history, the intense drama about family, faith, guilt, love, and loyalty in wartime makes this an important addition to the Holocaust curriculum."
(Booklist, starred review)
* "Events and facts are expertly woven into the girl's emotional growth, and changing relationships . . . provide a rich exploration of identity and self. With a compelling main character and taut and insightful story line, this novel is sure to find no shortage of readers, and it adds a valuable perspective to collections of World War II fiction."
(School Library Journal, starred review)
"[An] engaging and often moving coming-of-age story. A poignant, thoughtful work."
"This multilayered story [which] cogently explores themes of motherhood and adoptive families is gracefully portrayed."
"My Family for the War is a must-have for young adults. The novel is simultaneously beautiful, touching, and heart wrenching."
"This is a solid addition to Holocaust collections, life on the home front during the war, and for discussions of what is a family."
(Library Media Connection review)
About the Author
Anne C. Voorhoeve is an award-winning German novelist and screenwriter. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
Tammi Reichel is an instructor of German at the University of Richmond and lives with her family in Virginia.