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Playing with Matches Paperback – April 3, 2015
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LeeStrauss is the author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Serial Series (Mystery Sci-fiRomantic Suspense), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction. She is themarried mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides hertime between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's notwriting or reading she likes to cycle, hike and practice yoga. She enjoys traveling(but not jet lag :0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.Shealso writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss.
Books by Lee Strauss
The Perception Series(dystopian/sci-fi/romance)
Ambition(short story prequel)
Perception (book 1)
Volition (book 2)
Playing with Matches (WW2 history/romance)
Playing with Matches
APiece of Blue String (companion short story)
A Nursery Rhyme Suspense
Life isbut a Dream
YA booksby Elle Strauss
Love, Tink (the completeseries)
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This story is about Emil Radle, his family and friends living in Passau, Germany, during the war. Emil was a dedicated member of the Hitler Youth, as were his friends. He was impassioned about the role of Germany in the world at the beginning. But then, he and his friends found a shortwave radio. Although it was forbidden to listen to any broadcasts except from the Nazi stations, they listened to the BBC and found that the German people were not being told the truth. Their losses were much more severe than was being reported. They began clandestinely distributing hand-lettered leaflets during the night to spread the truth.
Even though their allegiance to Germany had waned, they were still forced to join the Hitler Youth; even encouraged to spy on their families and turn in their parents if they were not in tune with Hitler’s propaganda. Everyone looked over their shoulders because you never knew whom you could trust. The German people who refused to join the Nazi party were especially watched closely by their Nazi neighbors. Rations were low, Allied bombers wreaked havoc on the German cities, Jewish neighbors and friends disappeared. Fear was the prevailing way of life among those left in the cities. Even young boys, fourteen and sixteen years old were sent to the Russian front when troops were sorely depleted. We don’t realize in times of war about the citizens of those countries who are not part of the conflict. There are those who do not subscribe to any of the warring factions, but who nonetheless become those damaged by the proximity of the fighting.
This book brought these peoples’ plight to mind. I was glad I read this book, even though it is a fictional work. I gained a lot of insight as to what it must have been to live in Germany during this time of war. I also gained a new respect for those whose lives were torn apart through no fault of their own. Their only mission was to survive. I think this book is a great novel for young adults to read as well.
You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-cd, on Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1022244518.
Emil is a young German boy growing up in a small village during the 1930s – 1940s. Although he is in training to become a member of the Hitler Youth, he and some friends begin distributing information they hear over a forbidden BBC radio broadcast. When he witnesses one of his friend’s execution for this action, he realizes the danger he and his small group are in.
Emil and others are forced to be a part of Hitler’s army at a very young age. At sixteen, he is in full battle in a war he detests and seeing friends and loved ones die. This story makes us realize that those who were placed in concentration camps and slain were not the only victims of Hitler’s madness.
Emil was very young when the war started only 11 or 12 he wanted to be like the older guys from the Hitler Youth. But one day Emil and his friends find a shortwave radio and hear the truth. The boys Emil, Moritz , Johann and his sister Katharina start to write out the radio reports and spread them around town. If caught they would probably be beheaded but end up dead for sure.
Emil just want to go home, be a boy and be with his girl Katharina.
This story was emotional and I liked Emil, I felt for him when he realized that everything he was told was a lie, I felt for him when he had to things that made him hurt from the inside out, he wasn’t a bad boy just a naive child.
The writing was excellent I can’t wait to read the sequel.
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