Freddie T. Birch, aka "The Great Freddie," was not so great. In fact, he was a lousy ventriloquist. His lips moved and his jokes were stale. As he's preparing for a show in Vienna, Austria, the ghost of Avrom Amos, a young boy killed by the Nazis, introduces himself as a Dybbuk (a troubled spirit). Avrom, having saved then sergeant Freddie's life, wanted a favor in return. Despite his uneasiness and refusal, Avrom possessed Freddie's body in search of Colonel Gerhard Junker-Strupp, of the Nazi SS.
This is historical fiction. You can get a lot of lesser-known stories and details about life in Germany under the Nazis, as well as post-World War II life in Europe. There are also some great characters study opportunities with Freddie, Avrom, and Polly.
10 and Up
9 to 13
Borrow, at least. This is an absolute must read for kids who know nothing about World War II.
I loved this book. I wasn't sure at first, but by the middle of the second chapter I was completely into it. Both Freddie and Avrom grow as the story moves on. There is an incredible amount of history packed in this slim volume
Avrom grabs readers just as he did Freddie the Great. This is a poignant story with an uplifting finish and some light moments too.