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    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    “First the colours. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things.  Or at least, how I try.  ~ Here is a small fact ~ You are going to die.  I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the As. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. “ The year is 1939. A small girl travels from her home to Himmel Street, Molching. Nazi Germany is on…

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    Cross My Heart – Carmen Reid

    “10th May 1940 Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the terrible news.  I was in class. My teacher, Monsieur Durance, was trying to tell us about William Shakespeare but no one could concentrate. We were all straining to see out of the high windows because people were running into the schoolyard, shouting, even crying.  ‘Let the children out! We want our children!’ ‘The Nazis are coming!'” Fifteen year old Nicole is in turmoil. The Nazis have invaded Brussels and her father has been taken. Things carry on mostly as normal, she goes to school, goes home, and meets up with friends. Yet things are far from normal with…

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    Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein

    “Rose Moyer Justice  August 2, 1944 Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire Notes for an Accident Report.  I just got back from Celia Forester’s Funeral. I’m supposed to be writing up an official report for the Tempest she flew into the ground, since she’s obviously not going to write it herself and I saw it happen. And also because I feel responsible. I know it wasn’t my fault – I really do know that now. But I briefed her. We both had Tempests to deliver and I’d flown one a couple of times before. Celia hadn’t.” Rose Justice is a young america air transport pilot delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF…