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Author: Kaurin, Marianne
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9780545889650
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

Almost Autumn

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Originally published in Norway in 2012, debut author Marianne Kaurin has teamed with Rosie Hedger to translate this internationally acclaimed novel into English, offering a chilling account of the occupation of Norway by the Nazis in World War II, in the autumn of 1942. Jewish teenĀ Ilse Stern dreamily contemplates a romantic future with her handsome friend Hermann, who is secretly working for the Resistance, helping Jews escape the persecution of the invading Germans. This haunting and evocative story shares multiple perspectives, including neighbors put in compromising situations, and family members and friends suffering through the occupation with scarcity of food and goods, losing of jobs and businesses, and living in fear of punishment. The spare text mirrors the quietness with which the Holocaust crept into people’s lives and the silence that characterized those who let it happen, as both the evil and the innocence that pervaded this emotional time in history is presented.

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