Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Island on Bird Streeet reviewed by Leto K

I read the book "The Island on Bird Streeet." I highly recommend it if you like books about young heroes. World War II is happening. The time are very hard in Poland, especially for Jews. A boy named Alex is one of them. His father works in a rope factory owned by Polish men. While his father works, Alex is forced to hide. His mother disappeared and his father has just benn "selected" by the German army to go to an unknown destination. Alone, Alex must find food and water and try to stay alive. He awaits the promised return of his father.

In the apartment on 78 Bird Street, the windows and door of the building are boarded shut and the whole building is structurally unstable. Each day Alex lowers a rope that he has made himself to go out looking for food. While searching in the streets, he must always be aware of the enemy. At night he sleeps in a dark cabinet. He is desolated, yet hopeful that his life will be as before the German occupation. Then one day Alex hears the voices of intruders who have force their way into No.78. His is filled with terror and dread. If they are Germans, they will kill him, and if they are robbers, they will harm him.

Courage and bravery are not unusual in times of war, but Alex is only eleven. He must find the will to overcome his fear and face cruelty and justice.

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