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The dog in the wood, Monika Schröder

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The dog in the wood
Title
The dog in the wood
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Monika Schröder
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Language
eng
Summary
As World War II draws to an end, Russian soldiers occupy Schwartz, Germany, bringing both friendship and hardship to the family of ten-year-old Fritz, whose grandfather was a Nazi sympathizer, eventually forcing them to leave their farm, then arresting Fritz's mother and her hired hand
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  • Gr. 6-9 Based on the childhood of the author’s father at the end of World War II, this action-packed, spare first novel, told through the eyes of a young boy, makes personal the Soviet occupation of what later became East Germany. Ten-year-old Fritz’s father perished early in the war, and Fritz lives with his mama, sister, and grandparents in Schwartz, Germany. Together they anxiously await the Russians’ arrival toward the end of the war. When the inevitable occupation occurs, Fritz’s grandmother and grandfather, who was head of the local Nazi party, both hang themselves. Then the Russians take Mama away at gunpoint, and Fritz wonders if he will see her again. Narrated in clipped prose and told through short chapters, the novel is brutal; interspersed between the harrowing experiences are descriptions of difficult farm work, from growing vegetables to slaughtering a pig. The author’s note fills in the history and her family’s background. The action in this important addition to WWII literature will grab readers, and Schröder’s story is an excellent, authentic portrait of children in war. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 10-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 4, p59)
  • Gr 4–6— It is 1945; Fritz, 10, lives with his mother, sister, and father's parents in Soviet-occupied Germany. War has stolen Fritz's father from the family, while every day refugees travel the main road, heading west ahead of the Russian troops. As word arrives of Hitler's death, Fritz's Nazi-sympathizer grandparents hang themselves, and loss blankets the family again. Hope for a better future proves harder and harder to find with each upheaval. First-time novelist Schröder pulls readers through a harrowing period in the life of a young boy, engaging them in episodes taut with danger and uncertainty. This specific transition in history—from the chaos of World War II to the oppression of Communist occupation—is not often covered in children's fiction, making this book an asset to most collections. Its pace, emotion, and eventual hope also make it a powerful, inspiring read.—Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD --Bethany Isaacson (Reviewed January 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 1, p113)
  • Ten-year-old Fritz lives in a small village in eastern Germany toward the end of WWII. His father died years earlier in the war, leaving Fritz with his younger sister, mother, a Polish farmhand, and his paternal grandparents (his Grandpa Karl is a Nazi sympathizer). When news reaches the family that the Germans have lost, Fritz's grandparents hang themselves, and sensitive Fritz takes solace in tending to the vegetables in his family's garden until Russian soldiers arrive. Fritz struggles with his identity and what to believe—are the Russians truly the enemies his grandfather believed them to be?—when he befriends Mikhail, a Russian commander stationed at his farm. Things take a turn for the worse when the family is forced to move in with Fritz's maternal grandmother in another village after their farmland is redistricted, and his mother is arrested for purported weapon possession. With nuanced characters (Russian and German alike) and a cautiously hopeful ending, Schröder's well-crafted debut, inspired by her father's childhood in Germany, is especially attuned to her protagonist's internal conflicts and worries, and reveals alarming truths about the far-reaching effects of war. Ages 10–14. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed November 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 46, p54)
  • /* Starred Review */ While a wealth of children's books set during World War II focus on the Holocaust, Schröder brings some of Germany's other young victims to light in her exceptional debut novel. Still coping with his soldier father's death, ten-year-old Fritz keeps hearing that the "worst is over" and that peace is in sight. But when his Nazi sympathizer grandparents commit suicide before the Communist Russians invade his town, Russian military leaders set up office in his house, vindictive neighbors eject Fritz's family from their beloved farm and his mother is falsely accused of a crime, the aspiring farmer can't help but wonder when the worst will really end. Pocketed amid the death and destruction, a few caring individuals—from the family's Polish farmhand who shows Fritz how to carve wood to smiling Russian soldiers who give him his first chocolate bar—help the boy discover the courage, hope and friendship needed to survive. Based on the author's grandfather's experiences, this poignant look at the effects of war and propaganda, especially on children, resonates with candor and eloquence. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2009)
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336288
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1965-
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Schröder, Monika
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
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True
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  • Germany
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Family life
  • Farm life
  • Russians
  • Political prisoners
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The dog in the wood, Monika Schröder
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Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
163 p.
Isbn
9781590787014
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009004970
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o310096896
  • (OCoLC)310096896
Label
The dog in the wood, Monika Schröder
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
163 p.
Isbn
9781590787014
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009004970
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o310096896
  • (OCoLC)310096896

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