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Anna is Still Here Hardcover – April 26, 1993

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Vos's autobiographical Hide and Seek ranks among the best middle grade fiction about the Holocaust; this story, a sequel of sorts, is even better. Anna, a Dutch Jewish girl, has survived the war in hiding. She returns to school--a fifth-grader although she's 13--and is reunited with her parents, who cannot yet bring themselves to tell her about their own ordeal (they spent years in a forest, living below the ground). She knows a little about the concentration camps--enough to be aware that her best friend has been murdered in one--and she struggles to accommodate her knowledge, her sense of her parents' vulnerability, her own deeply inculcated terrors and her eagerness to rejoin the world. Vos conveys Anna's heartbreaking and heroic efforts with exemplary economy, and the anguish of Anna's story is balanced by a subplot, however contrived, about another survivor being reunited against all odds with her seven-year-old daughter. Vos looks beyond the usual "happy" ending of survivor stories, which typically conclude with liberation or shortly thereafter, to pose more thoughtful questions about the price of survival; her answers are hard-won and profoundly stirring. Ages 8-12.
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From Kirkus Reviews

The author of the autobiographical novel Hide and Seek (1991), based on her own WW II experiences, again uses linked vignettes to evoke the painful difficulties, after the war, of resuming a normal life. Anna, 13, has just emerged from three years of hiding, during which she rarely spoke; she still imagines that a figure lurking behind a curtain in a nearby house is a Nazi, and she has nightmares fueled by the terrible things she knows her parents are keeping from her. The earliest scenes- -Father patiently coaxing Anna to speak loudly again; Anna discovering that the dreaded figure is actually Mrs. Neumann, another Jewish survivor, whose whole being is focused on the hope that her little daughter, Fannie, may be alive--are among the strongest and most telling. Others, depicting the prejudice still rife in Holland and the sometimes callous lack of sympathy for Jewish survivors, as well as the bitterness toward collaborators and the legal support available against racism, are vividly authentic. Weakest is Mrs. Neumann's reunion with Fannie; such miracles did occur, but this one seems contrived, while the focus wavers when it leaves Anna; moreover, the pain in parting Fannie and her foster parents is mentioned but not really addressed. Still, a compelling book, even stronger than its fine predecessor. (Fiction. 8-14) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1st American ed edition (April 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395653681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395653685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I thought that "Anna Is Still Here" by Ida Vos was a moving novel that told a story of a Jewish family torn apart during the war and their struggle after the completion of the war. Ida Vos gave such realistic personality traits to each character that I found myself feeling a strange closeness to each. It seemed the more I read the more I felt each characters' emotions. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys piercingly realistic stories and also to those that like to read books that touch your heart and your soul and leave you a changed person.
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I have read many books about the Holocaust and this one just did not cut it for me. The story has no setting, no descriptive dialogue, and had no educational value in regards to the history of the Holocaust. "Anna Is Still Here” is confusing, poorly written and has almost no redeeming values. Many of the chapters had content that was not explained and did not lead anywhere. The sentences are written in a very stilted manner and there is not much feeling put into them. The characters are not portrayed very well; they all seemed blah and lifeless. It is a strange book with excessive rows of periods (like this: …..) in the middle of sentences. The sentences were short, and the dialog is even worse. i.e: "The other bathroom is less crowded. They hardly have to wait at all". or "Come here with your ear. I have something to say into your ear". These factors made for a very boring, dull read. There was one instance where a boy calls Anna a "b***h" in the next to last chapter, (which was surprising because otherwise it was a clean read) just for being Jewish. But other than that, there was nothing bad in it and would be fine for a nine year old to read. Although it is okay for a nine year old, "Anna Is Still Here" is a very confusing, hard to follow book. I would not recommend it and in my opinion, it is a waste of time for anybody to read it.
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Format: School & Library Binding
Poor Anna, and her family. Anna's family made it through the Second World War and Hitler's Occupation only to find it hard to live again. You see part of her and her family died along with the millions of other Jews. It was not their bodies but their spirit.
Anna's father won't allow pictures of murdered friends and family to be placed in the home, Anna's mother pretends as if the war never happened. And Anna cannot make sense of what happened to her while hiding in an attic alone with no one else around.
This book strongly reminds everyone that while the war was over the sturggling of the opressed people never really ended. This can be seen in Anna's troubles at school, Her parents inability to face facts, and Mrs. Neumann's struggle to find her child.
While not everything can be answered in one children's book this book is a great choice for a school list or any family teaching their children about the aftermath of the holocaust. Not just the horrors that happened during it, but the problems the people faced afterward.
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Format: Paperback
Though there are different characters and plotlines, this book easily could have been the sequel to 'Hide and Seek.' The Markus family have survived by being in hiding and, once the War ended, wanted to stay in their home country of Holland. Thirteen year old Anna spent the War in hiding in the attic room of Daniel De Bree, who gives trumpet lessons, while her parents hid under the ground in a forest. The three of them are deeply affected by what they went through; Anna knows enough to know that Marga, her best friend, died in a concentration-camp, along with many of her relatives and other friends, but doesn't know all of the details she wants to know, and her parents refuse to provide any. They won't even tell her where they were during the War. Her father Simon is the more wound-up of her parents; for a very long time he won't let her display a picture of Marga they still have, since he doesn't want to see pictures of murdered people. He also yells a lot, since they haven't been a family in so long he isn't used to anything but being angry, tense, and suspicious. And both of them are angry and upset over Anna's new friendship with a German woman who lives near them, Frau Neumann, thinking that because of her German name she must be a Nazi. At first Anna thought so too, but soon found out Frau Neumann was also Jewish, and was so drawn to her because she looked exactly like her little daughter Fannie, right down to the birthmark on her forehead.

Because her parents are unable and unwilling to talk, Anna goes to Frau Neumann to talk about the War, being in hiding, missing people who are no longer there, the things they have to put up with from people who cannot fathom what they had to go through since they weren't there.
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A Kid's Review on January 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think the book( Anna Is Still Here) is a story that can inspire all different people it shows how hard a war can be for people and that it really affects their lives and how they live. I really liked this book it is one of my favorite books. I liked it because Anna shows that things aren't always going to end up perfect and that you can't judge somebody until you now more about them then their name.
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