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Anne Frank's Story

Anne Frank's Story [Kindle Edition]

Carol Ann Lee
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The life story of Anne Frank, from her early happy childhood in Frankfurt, growing up in Amsterdam, her two years in hiding and the last few months of her life in the concentration camps. Narrated in six clearly written chapters, this biography for children answers the many detailed questions about Anne that readers of the Diary often have, and includes interesting anecdotes from friends who survived her. There is an Historical Note at the beginning of the book and a map of Europe, so that children will be able to understand the situation at the time, and an Introduction by Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias.

About the Author

Carol Ann Lee collected Anne Frank memorabilia, including first editions of the Diary in any language, from an early age. Although not Jewish, she developed an interest in the Holocaust and identified with Anne Frank. She studied history of art and design at university and then followed her early interest and interviewed Holocaust survivors and worked in the Manchester Jewish Museum. She has worked for the Anne Frank Trust and on its touring exhibitions. Carol Ann now lives in Amsterdam.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1673 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (31 May 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9WT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For the second year running (2012/2013) Carol Ann Lee has been nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction. In 2012 she was nominated for 'Witness' (re-issued as 'Evil Relations') with her co-author David Smith, chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murders case. In 2013, her biography of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, 'A Fine Day for a Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story' has been nominated for the same accolade. The book, Carol's eleventh, has also been optioned for television.

Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1969, Carol Ann Lee graduated from university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in the History of Art and Design. Her first book was published three years later: 'Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank' was the fulfilment of a childhood dream to write about Anne Frank. The Mail on Sunday described the book as "vivid and shattering. A work of real sympathy and imagination" and the Sunday Telegraph: "Excellent... serious, sensitive and scrupulous." 'Roses From The Earth' has been published in 15 countries to date.

This was followed by a biography of Anne's father, 'The Hidden Life of Otto Frank', a Guardian Book of the Week which was described by Reader's Digest as "a tour-de-force of history and humanity." The book has been the subject of several documentaries, and following her ground-breaking research into the family's betrayal, the Dutch government re-opened the case. Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, states: "Of the many authors, writers and historians who have written about Anne Frank and her father Otto, Carol Ann Lee is the most knowledgeable and sets new scholarly standards... There is nobody who has done more acute and focused research on the subject..." Carol also co-wrote 'A Friend Called Anne' with Anne's best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen and has written extensively on the Holocaust for children.

After living in Amsterdam for several years, in 2005 Carol returned to the UK, settling in York with her son. She turned to fiction writing: 'Come Back to Me', which was published in Holland, and 'The Winter of the World', a novel of the Great War which opens with the funeral of the Unknown Warrior and then takes us back to the trenches. 'The Winter of the World' was published in three languages and was a critical and commercial success in France especially, where it was nominated for two major awards.

In 2010, Carol returned to writing non-fiction with 'One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley', the definitive study not only of Hindley, but also of the Moors Murders case. Carol interviewed a wide cross-section of those involved, from the victims' families to the policemen who worked on the case originally, as well as many of Hindley's supporters. 'One of Your Own' was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4. The Mail on Sunday awarded it a five star review, calling it "scrupulously researched and clear-sighted, the most accurate account so far"; The Sunday Times described it as "scrupulously unsensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get."

During her research for 'One of Your Own', Carol met David Smith, which led to collaboration on the book 'Witness', in which David told his full story for the first time. In April 2012 'Witness' was republished as 'Evil Relations', just weeks before David died of cancer.

In September 2012, Mainstream published 'A Fine Day for a Hanging.' Screenwriter Laurence Marks said of the opening chapter: "Worthy of Truman Capote... the finest account of awaiting execution that I have ever read." It has been optioned for television by Mammoth Productions, with a screenplay by Oliver Lansley.

At present (summer 2013) Carol is working on a new true crime title, which will be the last book ever issued by long-standing publishers Mainstream.

Carol doesn't have a personal website, blog or Twitter page, but she runs the 'Searching for Keith' website with her partner, Alan Bennett, brother of the last missing victim of Brady and Hindley. They are currently encouraging all visitors to their forum to sign the petition to urge the authorities to re-open the search for Keith at a specific location on the moors, working on compelling evidence from David Smith and one other trusted source. Please visit for further details. You can also contact Carol via the forum.

A message from Carol Ann Lee: "Very many sincere and heartfelt thanks to every reader who has taken the time and trouble to leave such positive reviews of my books on Amazon. I do read them all, and am grateful to every single person who has contributed. I hope you will continue to read my books and leave (hopefully positive!) feedback. If ever an author tells you they don't read their reviews... don't trust them! When reviews are good, they light up your day, and even the less appreciative reviews often contain advice worth listening to, so thank you again to everyone who has left comments here."

You will be able to read Carol's new book in spring 2014...

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend this book to any girls or teenagers who are interested in Anne Frank or the second world war. It is a good idea to read this book before starting to read the diary; as it gives a good description of Anne Frank's life before moving into hiding, her friends and her family. Anne was obviously a real flirt, and at times I laughed out loud at the things she did! But at others I almost cried to hear what happened in Anne Frank's life and other jewish childrens' when they moved to concentration camps. You can really sense what it would of been like before moving into the annexe, and then what kind of atmosphere there would of been in it. It also describes exactly what happened when the nazis found Anne and her family, and what it would of been like in the concentration camps. It is very moving to hear how Margot dies and what people really went through in the war, and shows how cruel the nazis really were.
A wonderfully sad tale, and yet a good one, to anyone who's never felt safe or has ever wondered about how life must of been for poor Anne during the second world war.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great biography for children (and parents) 28 Feb 2010
By Jacs
I'm reading this with my daughter aged 8, and we are both really enjoying it. Plenty of detail without being too onerous for children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal introduction 24 Sep 2011
Bought before trip to Amsterdam so that grandson would have a clearer understanding of Anne's story before we went to visit the house. It was a good move because the whole experience meant more to him having increased background knowledge and details. A moving story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for children 22 Mar 2014
By Notre
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Perfect to read with a child before embarking on the real Anne Frank Story. Purchased for my 7 and 10 year and we are enjoying reading this story and although still upsetting its a gentler introduction to the horror that Anne Frank suffered. Would recommend reading this before the real diary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book and the author did a wonderful job of giving the reader an indepth insight into Anne Frank's life as well as other people who were touched by Anne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading 19 Sep 2013
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As we're off to Amsterdam on a city break, and intending to visit Anne Frank's house, I wanted to refresh my memory of her story - to appreciate what we were going to see.
Well written, factual and concise - perfect summary of her life story - without being the actual diary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I thought that this was interesting but was about the facts about who she was where she lived her family and more. I was hoping to read a bout the story of her diary instead of her details. It is very interesting if you are the kind of persons who wants to learn about the history side of her but i would recomend to read the diary if you want to learn about her experiences during her time in her hideout. I rated it 3 stars because i did learn quite a lot but I would have found the actual diary more interesting,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 30 April 2013
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This was recommended as a book to read before embarking on the actual diary. As a 44 year old there are many things I haven't understood about the Holocaust and what Hitler did but this really explains everything. Well worth reading.
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