by Andrea Alban
Feiwel & Friends 2011 hardcover and E-book, 208 pages
To escape the impending Nazi occupation of their home in Odessa, Ukraine, Anya Rosen and her family flee to Shanghai. Living in the Jewish quarter of the city, Anya’s life is typical of the lives of many adolescents — she attends a Jewish school, has a crush on a boy and fights with her mother. But slowly, she becomes aware that no place is really safe for her family, the Jews and the poor in the city.
Based on the author’s family’s experiences, ”Anya’s War” provides a fresh take on Holocaust literature for young adults.
– Rochelle Eisenberg