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Jane Yolsen produces a powerful and moving novel that deftly blends the legend of Sleeping Beauty with the historical tragedy of the Holocaust To Rebecca Sylvia and Shana Briar Rose was simply a bed time story but in all reality the story they grew up with was an actual event in Gemmas life Although Gemma always identified strongly with Briar Rose the sleeping princess no one had thought it anything but a bedtime story But when a mysterious box of clippings and photos turns up after Gemmas death hinting that the accepted version of Gemmas origins is untrue Becca begins tracing the real story which bears striking resemblances to Gemmas fairy tale Becca then sets off on a journey to Europe to discover her grandmothers true identity I felt this book was more for adults than for young adults It was complicated and probably difficult for a young teen to follow It had language that may not suitable for a young adult Such as a line like Stan expertly braked and simultaneously turned the wheel slightly to the right Asshole he muttered Jane Yolen 67 It was a remarkable book I usually dont enjoy reading what I have to but I truly adored this book When I first started the book I wasnt very enthused but once I read the first four chapters for the second time I started falling into the novel I became so emotionally involved with the characters and the story that I had to finish it It made me recall everything I had learned in history class about the Holocaust At that time it did not seem to click Now that I read this story and all of its frightful horrors it all comes rushing back Now that I think about it this is actually a great book for young adults to read It teaches them a little about the holocaust and the terrible tragedies that had occurred It even teaches
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