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Other Way Round [Hardcover]

Judith Kerr
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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3 April 1975

Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr’s internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past…

It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an “enemy alien”. Those bombs are coming from Germany – the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive?

This was previously published as The Other Way Round.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 April 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001846043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001846043
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,949,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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Review

Acclaim for When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit:

‘… a compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II…’ Books for your Children

‘… an extremely exciting adventure story…’ Daily Express

‘… a charming and touching book, often very funny…’ Daily Mail

‘… exact, intelligent and unsentimental.’ Sunday Telegraph

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an “enemy alien”. Those bombs are coming from Germany – the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive?

Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good 6 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the Kindle copy. I was interested in Bombs on Aunt Dainty because I was born at the start of the war, and lived through it in South London. My parents were Swiss, and chose to stay in England. And I remember it as a wonderful time, noisy and interesting, thrilling to go out in the morning and see what had changed, what houses were still there, what interesting shrapnel we could collect from the street. Bombs on Aunt Dainty was an older take, but felt absolutely authentic, completely fascinating. More than any other book, it seems to convey the feel of the time, the combination of fear and excitement, boredom and frantic tension. It really filled out my own experience, actually informed me about my own life. The detail is amazing, and feels absolutely right. And Kerr's description of the end of the war is also spot on, confirming what had, till then, been merely an impression of a memory. She describes the sailor climbing a lamp-post in celebration; many years later I made a programme about VE-Day for the BBC, and I used the newsreel image of that sailor; a bit of the ironwork breaks off as he reaches the top. Everything she describes checks out, both physically and emotionally. A superb, serious, trustworthy writer and a cracking read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Child of the Blitz 2 Jun 2009
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Judith Kerr's account of an ordinary young girl living in a special historical time is gripping. The mixture of the banal and dramatic rings true and brings to life Anna's experiences. The writing style is deceptively simple, but elegant and honest.

Some reviewers have compared this book slightly less favourably with the first in the series, but I found this one even more absorbing and beautifully written.

My child is 8 so can read many books herself. It means I can choose books to read aloud that I will also thoroughly enjoy. Here is one such.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small masterpiece 23 Dec 2013
By Claretta VINE VOICE
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Anyone who has read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit will want to know what happened next to Anna, Max and their parents. This book - aimed at teenagers but quite sophisticated enough for an adult audience - takes up the story, with Anna on the verge of her 16th birthday. The family have settled in London but are barely scraping by, although Max is flourishing at Cambridge. The description of life in their hotel, full of other refugees, of Anna's first job and her discovery of her painting talent, and her first love affair, are all beautifully written as you would expect. The book conveys as well as any I've ever read what life in London during the Blitz must have been like. It is extremely moving in parts, both humorous and sad, and stays in the memory long after the end. I can't recommend it too highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 6 May 2012
By TravisD
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I first read Ms. Kerr's story (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit) when I was a 9 year old 4th grader and it resonated deeply. Now in my 25th year as a 4th grade teacher, I still read it each year to my students and they love it as much as I do. This continuation of her life story (which I first read as The Other Way Round) is every bit as powerful, and I hand it off to my more mature students for a read with their parents at home. It is a timeless, human story that they never forget-- which is, of course, my hope.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, superb writing! 13 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
I have read all the books in the series of 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' and have enjoyed them immensely. This book is good but not quite as good as the first one (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit). You really do feel like you're there with Anna, walking beside her, hiding from the bombs, going to art class basically because the writing is superbly vivid.
I would reccomend this book to anyone of the age of seven, (who wants a slightly challenging read), and over. If you had read the first book then you have to read the rest to find out what happens to poor, forlorn Anna, lost in a world dominated by the Second World War.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bombs on aunt daisy 24 Mar 2014
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Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the last one in the trilogy. A good account of the war.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a really good book to get into. 15 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Other Way Round is the second book in the trilogy Out of Hitler Time . It is about Anna , now fifteen years old , coping in London . It tells you how she survives the bombing everynight and how she copes when her father is ill from a stroke .
I enjoyed reading this book and it was quite easy to get into . But I wish Anna was nearer the age she was when the left of in the first book . Its the kind of book that when your at the end of it , you want to keep reading to find out what happens next .
From all of the books in the trilogy , I would say that this book is the second best . I think When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is the best book because Anna is younger , its more funny and her and her family travel around , so they have more adventures .
I would recommend this book for anyone over eight and if I was to give it a mark , I would give it seven out of ten .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the first 5 July 2014
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Just as good as the first, one of the best books I have ever read and i have now bought all three of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present
I bought this as a present and it was favourably received. I cannot comment further as I did not read it myself.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful
2nd book in the triology, Its about life around London when the blitz started. A great
insight on how it really was for ordinary and privildged people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Livesey
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl becomes a woman in a country not quite home
Judith Kerr here continues her wonderful trilogy (this is part 2) in which she turns her own life into fiction. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lady Fancifull
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it
I have never read or heard of such a touching story.it made me think about people's lives in that time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect description
Through the eyes of a you g German refugee, the war in Britain is described from a mundane day to day existence rather than stories of bravery and derring do, giving a portrait of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fingordie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Not sure why it was called this but another excellent read in the trilogy, as the second book it took us through the grown up children's lives.
Published 6 months ago by Denise Tween
5.0 out of 5 stars A human history of the Secnd world war
A very human story, especially for those of us born in the 1939-1945 era . Share the triology with your children and grandchildren. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story of wartime London
I didn't find this as rivetting as 'When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit' but still a good read. Learned a lot about life in London during World War 2
Published 6 months ago by village lady
3.0 out of 5 stars LOL
It's good i guess, but not very amazing for children 12 years and under i think. But it's an ok book, if you have quite about of time to spare
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