The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum (1975)

house.jpgJanna is an enthusiastic member of Hitler’s Youth, and she’s proud of the new ideas and military victories Adolf Hitler has brought to Germany.  Janna’s parents are famous German actors who have even been praised by Herr Hitler himself!  Janna’s young life is full of promise!

Janna has been living in the countryside with strangers, but is finally brought to Amsterdam to join her parents who are performing in Wagner’s Ring Cycle.  Her family lives together in a beautiful home and are surrounded by the rich and powerful of the city.  But little by little, Janna begins to learn the truth about Hitler and his war machine.  Now she has to decide what to do with her newfound knowledge.

The Borrowed House is very well-researched and appropriate for young readers.  It would make an excellent read-aloud.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 190 pages, published in 1975.  


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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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