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Prisoner of Night and Fog

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Not for younger teens

Good story, gives insight into how Hitler rose to power. Contained a few mature themes that made it a little too much for me personally to pass the book along to my younger teens (age 14 & 12). For example, on page 243 – “But she had never been kissed like this. His mouth, warm and insistent, and his arms, wrapping around her so tightly that she could feel his heartbeat pounding through his clothes, and his body shaking as though he stood in a windstorm, and the blood roaring through her veins, and the sudden desire to feel his bare skin on hers. The world narrowed to a single point, his lips on hers, and she wound her arms around his neck, letting the soft strands of his hair brush her fingers, sharing a breath she never wanted to end.” And on page 264 – “She lay beside him in the silver-lined darkness, feeling his lips touch her cheeks, her eyes, her throat, tasting the warm saltiness of his mouth. When he drew back, her eyes snapped open. His face hovered above hers. Even in the dimness, he looked shaken. As though they had done far more than he intended.” Similar romantic description on page 323. On page 285-286, there is a description of Hitler asking for the young heroine for sex and him whipping his hand when she refuses. Both are fully clothed in the scene. Those plus the violence made the book a no go for our family. However, if you’re ok with the romance, then the storyline is compelling.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by debut author Anne Blankman is a gripping, compelling story that makes a crucial and complicated period in Western history relatable for teens. The characters are believable and well developed, and the plot deftly weaves a young girl's coming of age with political chaos and solving a mystery. The expositional writing at the very beginning is a bit weak: It's sometimes hard to follow who's who. But characters quickly fall into place as the pace quickens. The ending is satisfying, but leaves plenty of room to look forward to the sequel, which is planned to pick up the action in 1933 when Hitler's elected Chancellor of Germany.

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