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The wish child / Catherine Chidgey.


It?s 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who cuts prohibited words such as love and mercy out of books. Erich is an only child living a rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

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  • ISBN: 9781784741105
  • Physical Description: 383 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: London Chatto & Windus, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Awards Note:
Ockham New Zealand Book Award, Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Winner 2017.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Children > Germany > Fiction.
Children > Germany > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Children > Germany > Berlin > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library.


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