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Irene Watts.  Good-Bye Marianne
Tundra $14.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-830-9  128 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 16

Marianne, a young girl, quite enjoys her average life at school and with her family and friends. Up until the point where everything changes. Marianne is Jewish; she lives during the time when Hitler has taken power over Germany. The Nazis and the Hitler-youth are swarming the streets. It was never an issue until they kicked her out of school, and then her country.

This graphic novel is, although rudimentary, very powerful. It portrays the life of a Jewish family attempting to struggle through a war-torn time. But, there were a few pieces of this book that just didnít seem to click. The story went by much too quickly, and could have had a slower pace to it. The plot itself seemed to be a little scattered as well, and I think it could have used more order. The idea was excellent, and the characters were well developed, but thatís as far as my liking goes. I think that the way the pictures were drawn sort of took away from the seriousness of the actual story because they seemed so childish. Perhaps others will adore Shoemakerís illustrations.

I would recommend this book for people twelve years old and up. It is a good learning book, to get the gist of what it was like back then. There is no graphic content, so it makes an excellent outline.

I give Good-Bye Marianne three stars out of five.


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