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Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
In addition to being a good storyteller, Eleanor captures the essence of being a stranger in a strange land -- especially a young stranger. With equal clarity, she graphically demonstrates the up-tight, strict, and conservative attitudes of parents and educators in the decade of the '40s.
Although Amazon has chosen to place this in the "Young Adult" category, I found that it was just as relevant for me; an adult who remembers what it was like growing up in the 40's.
Rosemarie Dion, Reading Specialist
When Eleanor was nine her family moved from America to Germany, where her dad gets a great job. The war breaks loose while her family is crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Eleanor tries to keep her American identity, she hopes for a victory. For years she must try to survive the bombs destroying her neighborhood.
I would recommend this book because it explains what civilians go through in their lives growing up as a young children.
All teenagers go through that rebellious stage but being in a foreign country that is at war with America made this especially interesting. Hers indeed was a tough life with some very strict parents but it was very touching to see the loving and close relationship she developed with her older teen brother whom she idolized.
Despite the war there were some very humorous moments she described in vivid detail and then on the very next page the author would painstakingly describe the horror of listening to her neighbors screaming and dying in their cellar before the authorities could arrive and rescue them from their bombed out house.
The author and her brother went on numerous and risky excursions for just the sheer thrill of it but most often to find food and locate other relatives.
The author's mother gave birth to another boy and girl in Germany while WW 2 raged around them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story for younger readers who may have difficulty grasping all the complex nuances of war.Published 1 month ago by J. Kocher
More than half a century has passed, yet Eleanor Garner has retained the voice of her childhood as she tells her life-changing story of growing up in Hitler’s Germany. Read morePublished 19 months ago by kathyd
I must have read by now hundreds of books on WWll, the Holocaust, survivor stories, resistance stories, historical fiction and more. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by Rose Meyers
The parents went to Germany when the war broke out. There is a lot of correlation between her family and mine. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Dan Jones
This book was great. Agree with all the other readers who rated it a 5 star as far as telling her story during Hitler's days. But... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Veitia11