"I was so horrible
to Papa the day he brought me here." Julia went on, speaking more to
herself than to Susan. "I told him I hated him for making me leave. And
now I might never see him again." She moved away from Susan and whispered
to herself, "I'm so sorry, Papa, for what I said to you," Julia whispered.
"I do love you." The next morning when the girls rose, Julia was gone.
Susan is a Jewish girl in Hungary
in 1944. Not the best time to be Jewish. Germany has invaded Hungary, and
the Jews are no longer safe. Susan and her younger sister Vera are sent to
live with Catholic nuns who don't believe in what people are doing to Jews.
With plenty of other girls to keep them company, and lots of chores to keep
them occupied, it turns into a safe, happy place cut off from the outside
world. But when the bombing starts, the girls start to worry. And then the
Nazis start to raid the convent for the missing Jewish girls.
Guardian Angel House is based on a true story. The author's mother and aunt
are the main characters, Susan and Vera. Two hundred twenty girls stayed
with the nuns during the war. The convent was located in Budapest, on a hill
on the Buda side. Ironically, on the top of the hill the convent was on,
there was a Nazi base. I would recommend this book for kids age nine and
ten, some parts are hard to understand, but other than that it is a pretty
simple read. If you liked Guardian Angel House, you might also like
Diary of Laura's Twin or Turned Away.
Guardian Angel House is a good book if you want interesting information on a
topic most young people haven't heard of, and would probably be good for
reports. I found that it blended in with most of the other books about the
Holocaust I have read, nothing really sets it apart. The way it is set up
when you read it makes it very descriptive, and it has plenty of
conversations in it. Even though it has a hard to connect to topic, it is
still easy to make connections.
I think Guardian Angel House is a nice book about caring for others, and
give it four nice stars.