Paper Hearts

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Paper Hearts (paperback)

by Meg Wiviott

AR Level 4.3, 3 points

 

Paper Hearts is told from multiple perspectives, but both girls are similar, being Jewish, multi-lingual, and alone in a concentration camp.  Both came from good families and lost their families to the Germans.  They become friends and help each other through their time in Auschwitz.

What I liked about this book is it is another perspective of the Holocaust.  If this is a time period we don’t want to be forgotten (lest we repeat history), books such as Paper Hearts will teach our children the horrors and hopelessness (or hopefulness) of the Holocaust.  I also liked that it was written in prose.

What I didn’t like about this book was that it was kind of slow.  I also felt like the 2 main characters whose perspectives the story was told from weren’t different enough to sound like individuals.  In fact, the girls blended together, and I often didn’t know which girl I was reading about.  Most of the time, in fact.

Book 37 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)

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