Thursday, February 14, 2013
Review #1412 Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald
Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald
Rating: two stars (out of four)
This story was different from other books I've read about the Holocaust, mainly because I had not heard (or maybe I've forgotten) about the children who escaped by pretending to be someone else. I liked the historical details and it was interesting to see how much of a struggle it was for Odette. She had to live a very structured lifestyle and was in a constant state of fear that people would not believe her "lifestyle" and take her away.
When I was younger, I was obsessed with historical fiction. I was especially intrigued with books that featured real people. Even though this was a fictionalized account of Odette's life, the author took care to get specific details about Odette Meyer and include them in the story. She also did a good job of illustrating what it might have been like to live in Odette's shoes as a child harboring a dangerous secret. I think fans of Number the Stars and other historical fiction books would probably like this story.