Thursday, September 17, 2020

Boy From Berlin Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love historical fiction-and middle grade fiction that they family can enjoy! This week, I had the opportunity to read and review two historical fiction novels: Boy from Berlin and One Boy's War.  I shared my review of One Boy's War--and, today, I have my review of Boy From Berlin!  Read my thoughts, learn about the books and the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.
Book TitleBoy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
CategoryMiddle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
GenreHistorical fiction
PublisherIguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content RatingG. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.

Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

"Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
- Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.
“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” - Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.

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About the Book

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
My Review

Boy From Berlin is an Entertaining/Educational Journey for Readers.  Käfer and his family faced quite the adventure in this story--and the author does a wonderful job transporting readers into their world.  I love Nancy McDonald's writing style--and offering the story from a child's perspective changes so much of the view that we are so accustomed to hearing. This book is the first book in the series--and after having read both, it does put the family's story into deeper context with the time, so I would recommend reading them both and in order. 


Boy from Berlin is Middle-Grade Fiction for the Family. I love finding books that families can read together! This series certainly offers that with two clean, historically placed stories that are entertaining, easy to read, exciting and educational. 


Would I Recommend Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald? I loved this book--and the series!  Both books are so realistic and written in a way that make them seem very memoir-like.  The stories and characters are based on real people and events--but, the author brings them to life for readers.  This book, and its sequel, are perfect for history loving middle school children and adults alike. 

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 Book TitleOne Boy's War by Nancy McDonald
CategoryMiddle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  134 pages
GenreHistorical fiction
PublisherIguana Books
Release date:   April, 2020
Content RatingG. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.
About the Book

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death in the Irish Sea, 10-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot that targets hundreds of people in Britain—including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Germans threatening to invade England at any moment, Käfer musters all his courage and ingenuity in a valiant effort to thwart the Nazis. But will he succeed in time to save the day? One Boy’s War, the sequel to Boy from Berlin, is inspired by real people and historical events.
Meet the Author

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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