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Irene N Watts & Kathryn E. Shoemaker.
Good-Bye Marianne (Graphic Novel)
Tundra $14.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-830-9  128 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 11

They left.  Their boots rang out through the building.  A car door shut, the roaring engine disturbing the dawn. 

Marianne and her mother did not stir until the only sound they could hear was their own breathing.  Mrs. Kohn closed the front door, fastening the chain.  She and Marianne held each other for a long time.

“My hair – he touched my hair, I feel sick.”

Marianne Kohn is a Jew growing up in Germany – a place that constantly persecutes her people.  Marianne lives in constant fear and caution, as well as the glares and hatred under the terrible reign of Hitler.  This is her story of survival in the most desperate of situations.

Good-bye Marianne is a great graphic novel and an awesome novel.  The characters were very realistic, and the setting and story line are so moving that my eyes stung from crying afterward.  Good-bye Marianne is a beautiful book that anyone could read and enjoy.  I preferred the novel only because it had more to read within the pages, but the graphic novel, illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker, just squeezed all the important parts into a skinny sandwich. Yet I still loved them both and I truly appreciate Watts’ contribution to the world of Literature with this emotional, simply written, descriptive view of Jews living in Germany just before World War II.  This is a story that deserves a spot on your bookshelf!

I give Good-Bye Marianne 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 and up.


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