A Way Through the Sea by Robert Elmer

Twins Peter and Elise and their friend Henrik are 11 year olds in 1943 Denmark. The presence of German soldiers upsets all of them, particularly because Henrik is Jewish, something that never mattered to anyone before the invasion. This historical fiction is set in the months leading up to the order to round up the Danish Jews. While the characters in the book are entirely fiction, what the Danes did to help save the Jews from the Nazis is completely true.

A Way Through the Sea by Robert Elmer is well written and relatively short so reads fast. At times it drags, particularly the beginning, but once the real action begins it moves well and I couldn’t put it down. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for children (about 10+ in order to understand why the Jews had to escape to safety in Sweden) and adults alike. It’s a sweet story and even more amazing because similar situations to the one described really happened.

4 (out of 5) Stars

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