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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Teaser Tuesday: Hitler and Mars Bars by Dianne Ascroft

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. 4. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
5. Please avoid spoilers!

My 2 “Teaser” Sentences for today:

Yearningly Erich watched the older boys, leaning against the wall just out of sight of the post office. They rolled pieces of paper up tightly and lit them. Eyes fixed on the Bruno's Tobacco ad on the wall opposite, the boys inhaled, pretending they were real cigarettes.

~ p.196, “Hitler and Mars Bars” by Dianne Ascroft

From Amazon:
Erich's first home is Goldschmidthaus, a Children's Home near Essen. He lives for visits with his beloved mother and longs for the day he will live with her. He is distraught when, after a heavy bombing raid, her visits abruptly cease.

After the war he finds himself, with hundreds of other German children, transported across Europe to escape the appalling conditions in their homeland. Operation Shamrock brings Erich and his brother, Hans, to a new life in Ireland but with different families.

During the next few years Erich experiences the best and worst of Irish life. Living in a string of foster families, he finds love and acceptance in some and indifference and brutality in others. At Daddy Davy's he finds a loving home and is re-united with his brother. But his brief taste of happiness is dashed by circumstances he cannot control.

This is the story of a German boy growing up alone in Ireland. He dreams of finding his mother. He yearns for a family who will love and keep him forever. He learns his brother is his ally not his rival. Plucky and resilient he surmounts the challenges his ever changing world presents.

Set in Germany's industrialised Ruhr Valley during the Second World War and post-war rural Ireland this book evokes a little known episode in German and Irish history. It is a moving tale of a German child caught in war's vicelike grip and flung into a new land to grow and forge a new life.

I've just posted a review of Hitler and Mars Bars, and will be adding an author interview on the 16th.

~ Wendi


Anonymous said...

Wendi, when I read your teaser I wondered "when did this take place?", thinking it sounded like when my Dad was growing up. Then I saw you included the summary, and I learned the *when* and *where*. Thanks!

Nise' said...

Sounds like another great book for the War Through The Generations Challenge.

Jo-Jo said...

Nice teaser Wendi...I couldn't help but think "Yuk"! lol
Mine is here.

Darlene said...

Good teaser. I've seen this book a few places lately-it sounds good.

Anonymous said...

That book sounds really good - I'll have to add it to my wish list.

Anonymous said...

That title has me curious as to what Hilter has to do with Mars Bars.

Erica said...

Sounds like a good book about growing up in the time! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) said...

The title leaves me curious, as does your teaser. Good one!

Anonymous said...

Wow sounds like a neat book!

The Bumbles said...

Thanks for visiting my Teaser (P. Roth). Yours is a good one, and the description is even better.

Anonymous said...

I'd hoped that the title would make folk curious...and it is related to the story. But you'll have to read the book to find out why I chose it.

By the way, I love The Bumbles 'photo' - reminds me of the tv show 'Rudolph' from my childhood - they don't air it on tv in Britain like they do every year in North America.

Wanda said...

Boys! The book sounds great, thanks for including the info.

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