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by Sharon Dogar
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Houghton Mifflin, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Since its publication, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has become a classic, studied by many school children around the world. However, as it is a memoir from a girl's point of view, it has a larger readership among girls than boys. Sharon Dogar finds a solution to this problem in Annexed, her fictional account of what happened in the Annex told from Peter's point of view.

Staying true to the facts from general World War II history and specifically from Anne's diary (although some events are rearranged slightly, as sometimes happens in historical fiction to make the story flow better), Dogar imagines what it might have been like for Peter van Pels, a teenage boy, to be stuck in the Annex for two of his most formative years.

Although we can never know what the real Peter was thinking, his thoughts in Annexed ring true for a teenaged boy. And sharing the terror he felt from the events in war-torn Germany and Holland, and his philosophy on life, makes him just as real to the reader as he is in Anne's diary.

Sharon Dogar has done an excellent job of creating a Holocaust novel that young boys will enjoy reading. Annexed is the perfect fictional supplement to the factual Diary of a Young Girl.

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