Sarah's Stars

Hans Peter Richter. Friedrich
Scholastic  ISBN 0-590-46763-8  149 pg.
Reviewed by Jordan, Age 12

Outside the pounding grew louder, and the bark of our anti-aircraft guns sounded strangely hollow. The shots mingled with the sounds of bombs exploding, singly first, then several at once. Whole groups of bombs fell together. The cellar resounded with their explosions.

Friedrich was a boy growing up during the rise of Hitler. Things were going great for his family at first; his father had a respectable job and was a kind man. But things started to change in his life. He was deported to a different school, a Jewish school. He was mistreated by nearly everyone around him, his mother was beaten to death when their apartment was wrecked by a group of Jew-haters, his father got fired and arrested, and Friedrich was forced to live on the streets. Can Friedrich manage to survive all of this tormenting?

Hans Peter Richter did the job. Friedrich is a dramatic book of a Jewish boy’s life during the earlier stages of the holocaust with an unexpected ending. Not only did I enjoy the book, I also learned a lot. I thought Hitler was the first to persecute the Jews, but they have been persecuted for over 2000 years! Sent to concentration camps and burned, just like the holocaust. I also learned a lot about the Jewish traditions. Friedrich is an excellent book, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too.

Friedrich gets better and better as the story goes on. It gives ‘life changes over time’ a whole new meaning. From start to finish, this book is clear as crystal. The dialogue is constant; it makes you want to read and read and read. There weren’t any parts I didn’t like, but there was the odd slow moving part, but the rest of it made up for that. So I rate Friedrich 4 out of 5 stars!

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