The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss

Book Review by Kids for Kids
Book Review by Alena 10-Years-Old

Can you imagine being locked up, hiding from the Nazis in the time of the Holocaust? If you read The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss you will learn that’s what two Jewish sisters, Annie and Sini, had to do for years.

The sisters had to live in mostly silence, eating limited amounts of food. It was hard for them to stay alive and keep in touch with the outside world. They worried about their family and friends that are separated from them and hiding out in other places. There are tears of happiness and sadness as the sisters struggle with their lives in an upstairs room of a Gentile farmhouse. Will they survive until the war is over?

I like the book The Upstairs Room because it has tons of exciting parts. You never really know what’s going to happen next.

I found the character Annie interesting because she can be sometimes positive and sometimes negative about her situation. I like how Annie changes from being a shy, scared eight-year-old to a mature young adult.

The story make me feel sad for the people who went through the Holocaust, and it made me wonder what other Jewish people did to keep safe around that time.

I would recommend The Upstairs Room to readers over the age of nine. It would help to know a little about World War II. If you are very emotional this may not be the book for you.

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