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Book Description

5 Nov 2001

An prizewinning novel for readers of 8 – 12, told through the voice of a contemporary child, as she weaves a story about a secret child of Hitler.

The bombs were falling, the smoke was rising from the concentration camps, but all Hitler’s daughter knew was lessons with Fraulein Gelber, the hedgehogs she rescued from the cold and infrequent visits from her beloved Duffi, her father.
Was it just a story? Did Hitler’s daughter really exist? If you were Hitler’s daughter, would it all be your fault? Could you still love your own father if he had done what Hitler did? Mark, a contemporary child, starts to question his own beliefs as he listens to the story that Anna weaves.
A wonderfully sensitive and gripping time-slip novel that will sit well with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit; Number the Stars and Big Tom. WW2 is a major historical topic studied in in UK primary and secondary schools, but this novel also deals with questions children so often ask of the ‘What if?’ variety.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122721
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story that will fascinate and involve all thoughtful young readers; it is a true original, beautifully told and impossible to put down – don’t miss it!
‘Wendy Cooling, Children’s Book Consultant’

This novel shows her at her best, challenging her young readers without distressing them, and bringing believable characters vividly to alive on the page… a joy to read. ‘Canberra Times’

An outstanding novel told through the power of a compelling storyteller .‘Reading Time’

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The bombs were falling, the smoke was rising from the concentration camps, but Hitler's daughter knew nothing of this. All she knew was the world of lessons with Fraulein Gelber, the hedgehogs she rescued from the cold and the exciting visits from her beloved father Duffi. Until the day she is taken to her father's bunker in Berlin…

Anna's story about Hitler's daughter haunts Mark. Could it have been true? Did Hitler's daughter really exist? If Mark had a father like Hitler, could he ever love him?

"A story that will fascinate and involve all thoughtful young readers; it is a true original, beautifully told and impossible to put down.

"An outstanding novel told through the power of a compelling storyteller."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very interesting book 23 Sep 2007
This book is about a couple of children in Australia who tell each other stories while waiting for the school bus. One day Anna starts a story about Hitler's daughter (who never existed in real life as far as we know), so it's a frame story. The story about Hitler's daughter raises all kinds of questions in the children who listen to it, e.g. are you responsible for your parents' acts? What would you do if your parents acted evilly? I found this aspect of the book very interesting.
In the story Hitler's daughter is brought to her father in the bomb shelter in Berlin at the end of the war, but I won't tell you if she survives or not! I would recommend the book if you like history and thinking about how people should act. The story itself is interesting and engaging.
I liked the book very much and think the story is so interesting that many adults should read it as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 25 May 2009
I read this the first night I got it off my book shelf, I didn't want to stop the story myself. It's a great and simple story with so many posibilities and doesn't disappoint. Don't be put off by it's Childrens book appearance because it really does have something special for the mature reader. I personally have a fascination with Hitler anyway so this gave my interest an entirely new angle.
The questions of Mark really do get into you head and lead you to a place of your own. Beautifully written and very enjoyable, I was a little disappointed with I had finished it but I know more would have been too much.
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This story is written in such a way that you can get caught up in the excitement of the story and never want to put it down. Makes you wonder if Hitler really does have a daughter.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking Take on Hitler and His Germany 30 Jun 2005
By Tamela Mccann - Published on Amazon.com
This is a quick read but one that I can definitely recommend. What starts as a game of storytelling while waiting for the bus evolves into much more as a group of schoolchildren find themselves exploring deep ideas beyond the obvious. What if Hitler really did have a daughter? What if she disagreed with his policies? Mark, the central character, struggles with how these ideas could carry over into his life while Anna tells a story that certainly sounds realistic. This book is written on a level for 10-12 year olds but brings to life many thought-provoking questions that readers of all ages will ponder for a long time afterwards. This book would especially make for interesting discussions in a classroom setting. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heidi, Hitler's daughter 15 Mar 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked Hitler's Daughter. Firstly, because it looks at the whole Hitler and the Holocaust time from a new perspective. Secondly, it shows that a child's innocence is truely innocent. Heidi honestly had no idea what her father was doing to people, especially Jewish people. And lastly, the characters, especially Anna, were very easy to relate to. They had a real human feeling to them.

The best part of the book for me was whenh Heidi/Helga told her granddaughter the story of her life, and how Anna used that story to educate herself and her friends. I wonder what it would be like to be Anna, or Heidi. To know such a story, full of such horror. It must have taken some nerve and faith to share that story with others. I also think that it was extremely clever how Anna tells the story at the bus stop during the rain. I liked the story even more because of how it was written.

I think that the characters and setting are the most vivid parts of the story. The characters because everyone can relate to Mark and his questions, Tracey and how she just wanted the story, Ben with his skepticism, and Anna and her hidden self. The setting was very vivid to me because it is so easy to see yourself there, listening to Anna tell the story of Heidi. Overall, I think this book is very well written and not too hard to understand. I like that it makes you think and its not a fluffy book where everything has a sugar coated ending. This book feels real.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's Daughter review by SC 4 April 2005
By SC - Published on Amazon.com
Hitler's Daughter is, in my opinion, an amazing book. The story is set in Australia and draws

you in right away with its sweet and passionate characters. The main characters are Anna and Mark. They are school aged children who pass their time each morning telling stories on the bus to school.You will fall in love with the sweet way they go about daily life yet discuss such powerful and emotional events of the past. The children were fascinating to me because I could relate to them. They spoke a little different using words like "Mum" for mother and they lived in

another country. The author did a wonderful job making me feel like I was exactly like them.

In the book, Anna tells her intriguing story about a little girl named Heidi. She was Hitlers daughter. You will feel the sadness in Anna's voice as she describes the horrible life that poor Heidi had to live. Mark became overwhelmed with sorrow and intrigue as he tried to figure out if the story Anna was telling was truth or make believe. He struggled over the details of Heidi's sad life and didn't want to believe that a child would live the way she did. Heidi was abandoned by her father and made to feel worthless. She had a scared face and walked with a limp. Mark was disgusted with Hitler and wanted to know more and more about how he could be so evil. As the story continues you will be drawn further into the compassion that these children feel over her story. The author keeps you in suspense throughout the story, giving you details that are so real to life and yet is just a childs make believe story. Mark had nightmares about how Heidi was not allowed to attend school and she had no friends. She lived a lonely life. He appreciated his own life and family more and more as her story was told. I was so moved by the powerful and sincere emotions stirred up from this book. I had feelings of appreciation for my own family. The highlight in this story for me was the way Mark really cared for Heidi, never knowing for sure if she was real or fake.

Hitler's Daughter is a great book that I would recommend highly to everyone.This book will transport you back to a time of great despair and troubled times. I promise you that

when you finish this book, you will have a different outlook on events of the past and a much greater appreciation for the present times. If you enjoy taking a trip back in time then read Hitler's Daughter. You will not be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Just Pretend" 9 Oct 2004
By Nocturne - Published on Amazon.com
In this story, "Hitler's Daughter" is a pretend story made up by an girl called Anna, who tells it to her friends. Everyone knows Hitler never had a daughter, but this book is a "what if" fictional story on a girl who happened to be Hitler's daughter.

Heidi, Hitler's daughter in this story, had been hidden away from the outside world all through her life because Hitler didn't want anyone to know he had a daughter. Heidi's life is pretty much sheltered from reality until the very end of World War II. Her story is told in a very simple, direct way, through the eyes of a precocious child who doesn't see much in her life.

Mark was one of Anna's friends who listened while she told the story of Hitler's daughter. He finds her a very intriguing character and her story causes him to be more wary of the worlds around him.

This has been a very interesting book to read, and the title "Hitler's Daughter" is indeed a most captivating title. I liked how the story is told in such a simple, direct way, so it seems as though it is Heidi who tells her own story, not Anna.

However, some issues discussed in this book were never solved in the end (such as Mark wondering what he would have done if his own father was Hitler, and the part about his farm and the Aborigines.) The middle of this book was a little boring (because nothing much happened to Heidi anyways), but it is the ending that slowly sinks into you and makes you say, "oh."

Heidi was ultimately the most interesting character in this book, and her story is a compelling yet fictional one of "what might have been".

[Why have I never thought of writing a story like this?]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's Daughter 5 Oct 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I like this book because it is interesting and it talks about Hitler. He killed about 11 millions of people. I like this book because it have fact about a story about hitler and his daughter, and it talks about a family that were going to bus and Anna the big sister told storys about hitler's daughter.
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