Today's book: Diary of Anne Frank
Category: I read it to my kids so it counts
This is the story of a Jewish girl who hid in an Annex in Amsterdam during WWII. She and her family went into hiding. She was 13 at the time she started the diary and went into hiding. For two years, her family and several others, kid in a small Annex until they were betrayed. The diary is almost a daily account of Anne's life in the Annex and her feelings about all the people that are there with her.
This, of course, is a classic. I haven't read it since I was in the 8th grade. I still find it amazing that it is required reading among middle schools in the US, and - of course - here with us here in Switzerland. The kids have been really into the story, and asking a lot of questions. And our plan will be to take them to Amsterdam in the spring to see the Anne Frank house. It is great that we can take a story from a book and show them in real life.
If for some reason, you have never read this book - or it has been a long time since you have - pick it up. I think it is good to be reminded - especially in today's climate - what can happen when power falls into the wrong hands.