Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Anya's War - Andrea Alban

Anya's War by Andrea Alban
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Published on February 1, 2011
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 208
Read From: 2.11.12 - 2.11.12

It is the eve of World War II. Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai, believing it will be a safe haven. At first, Anya's life in Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree: She has crushes on boys, fights with her mother, and longs to defy expectations just like her hero, Amelia Earhart. 
Then Anya finds a baby - a newborn abandoned on the street. Amelia Earhart goes missing. And it becomes dangerously clear that no place is safe - not for Jewish families like the Rosens, not for Shanghai's poor, not for adventurous women pilots.


This was a fairly interesting "lifetime" story. Anya is certainly an entertaining enough heroine, with a good amount of opinions and no lack of gumption. And it is not many Authors who explore the Jewish communities which sprang up in Shanghai during this era. But is it an entertaining story? An engaging one? Well, for a relaxed evening, where you just want a short little read with a not very complex storyline, it is a fitting book. It's a fast read, but it's definitely one that you have to be in the right mood to read.

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