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The Resource Ashes, Kathryn Lasky

Ashes, Kathryn Lasky

Label
Ashes
Title
Ashes
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Lasky
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Gr. 6-12 /*Starred Review*/ In 1932 Berlin, blond 13-year-old Gabriella looks like the Aryan purists’ ideal, but her strongly anti-Fascist family members are derisively called white Jews, and her astrophysicist father is friends with Einstein, whose theory of relativity is termed Jewish physics by the Nazis. From Gabriella’s viewpoint, Lasky tells a gripping story about Hitler’s early rise to power, including the Germans’ bitterness about their suffering after World War I. Though the filling in of background history sometimes feels slightly contrived, the story is strengthened by the complex, individual characters, such as the pro-Hitler maid who is tired of being poor; the beloved teacher, who wants Gabriella to be a Hitler Youth leader; and Gabriella’s sister, who becomes pregnant while dating an ardent Nazi. Like Anne Frank, Gabriella loves American movie stars. She is also a big reader, and at the start of each chapter, there is a quote from authors such as Hemingway, Heine, London, Remarque, and Twain, whose books are among those publicly destroyed in the wild, historic book burning that is the climax of this story. From the opening quote, by Heine—Where they burn books, they will end by burning human beings—the personal and the political history will haunt readers. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 01-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 9, p80)
  • Gr 6–10— Lasky's novel, set in Berlin in 1932, opens with an author's note that provides historical background. Gaby Schramm, 13, is an avid reader of world literature, and annoyed that her math teacher confiscates her books. Her unease grows when brown-shirted SA troops of Hitler's private army start occupying the city, signaling a distinct shift toward repression and anti-Semitism. Gaby's father, an astrophysics professor and colleague of Albert Einstein, is troubled that Einstein's work is labeled "Jewish physics," and Gaby's mother begins to fear for the safety of her Jewish friend, Baba. Although fascinated by her stylish literature teacher, Gaby withdraws from school after Fraulein Hofstadt presses her to join the Hitler Youth. Then her older sister becomes pregnant and plans to marry Karl, whom Gaby suspects of being a Nazi. Even when the family vacates to their summer house on a lake in Caputh, they cannot escape the darkening political climate, while back in Berlin, banned books are burned on a mammoth pyre. With a compelling plot, a strong sense of place, and vivid characters, the novel brings to life Hitler's inexorable rise to power and its impact on an intelligent German family forced to reconsider its loyalties.—Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT --Susan W. Hunter (Reviewed February 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 2, p114)
  • In this thoughtful historical novel, Lasky (the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series) chronicles Hitler's rise to power in 1932 Berlin through the intelligent narration of 13-year-old Gaby. The action proves sluggish initially, though it establishes Gaby as a voracious reader growing up in an intellectual, literate family, with a physicist father who works with Einstein and a musically talented mother. Each chapter begins with a well-chosen quote from one of Gaby's beloved books, including The Call of the Wild and The Sun Also Rises . The pacing picks up as Gaby witnesses the rise of the Nazis; she realizes her family's sensible maid supports Hitler and overhears a baker's anti-Semitic remarks. Gaby begins a “Diary of Shame,” a mounting list of morally troubling moments, as when she salutes Hitler in school. Suspense builds as teachers lose jobs and as Gaby's sister becomes more seriously involved with her Nazi boyfriend. When book-burning threatens Gaby's precious books (and free thought in Germany), Gaby and her family must make critical, costly choices about their future. Gaby's questioning but assertive nature helps form a compelling, readable portrait of pre-WWII Germany. Ages 11–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 4, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 1, p47)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
345403
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lasky, Kathryn
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.L3274
LC item number
As 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Family life
  • Nazis
  • Germany
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Ashes, Kathryn Lasky
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
318 p.
Isbn
9780670011575
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009033127
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o428024149
  • (OCoLC)428024149
Label
Ashes, Kathryn Lasky
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
318 p.
Isbn
9780670011575
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009033127
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o428024149
  • (OCoLC)428024149

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