"Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, 2010" (Costa Book Award)
"A delicate, poised and scrupulous re-enactment." (Mal Peet Guardian)
"Absorbing...more truthful than 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas'. 5 stars!" (Books for Keeps)
"Dogar creates a believable Peter and sustains emotional tension without becoming prurient or mawkish." (Angela Kiverstein Jewish Chronicle)
From the Inside Flap
Everyone knows about Anne Frank, and her life in the secret annexe - or do they?
Peter van Pels and his family are hidden away with the Franks too, and Peter sees it all differently. What is it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, to hate her and then find yourself falling in love with her? To know you're being written about in her diary, day after day? What's it like to sit and wait, to watch through a window whilst others die, and wish that you were fighting?
Anne's diary ends on August 4 1944, but in this imagined story, Peter's experience continues beyond the betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. 'Is anybody there?' he asks, 'is anybody listening?'
We should be.
From the Back Cover
Beyond the Annexe there was freedom
Beneath the hatred there was love
Behind the diary there was Anne Frank