After The Train

Summary:

Peter Liebig is a 13 year-old who lives in Rolfen, West Germany. World War II has ended and rebuilding is well underway. Peter’s dad is an architect who is restoring historic St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. His mother teaches school. Peter believed Rolfen was a perfect place to grow up until he discovered a packet of letters in his mothers’ bureau drawer. The contents of the letters turned Peter’s life upside down.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This story is flawless and Whelan's ability to keep the reader glued to the page is exceptional.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Parent Reaction

This is an exceptional book. Gloria Whelan is an award winning author. After the Train is what I believe is a piece of children's literature as opposed to children's "books."

Type of Book:
This is an historical fiction novel set in the 1940s.
Educational Themes:

After the reader finishes the book, there will be many opportunities to discuss issues related to the incidents in the narrative, (i.e.) anti-Semitism, adolescence, post-war Germany, bigotry, and changes in family life.

Reading Level:
5.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It is a superb example of children’s “literature” as opposed to children’s stories. The premise is believable, the characters are authentic, and the readers will be looking for the author’s next book.
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Title After the Train
Author Gloria Whelan
ISBN 1589613309
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.95
Genres Historical Fiction, Coming Of Age, War
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