After finishing my last book, I wanted a faster read for this pick. So I grabbed a graphic novel I had checked out of the library, Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Jose Colon.
My husband and I traveled to Amsterdam last spring, almost a year ago to the date. One of the most memorable events was our pilgrimage to the Anne Frank House. Words fail you when trying to explain the emotions that you feel when walking through the rooms they were confined to for two whole years. And to know the conclusion was that Anne was killed in a concentration camp due to neglect just weeks before the end of the war is just a devastating truth that’s hard to handle.
This book does a fantastic job at providing the context of the personal history of the family and the political backdrop for the years leading up to the moment when the Frank’s went into hiding. The images and graphics are so well rendered. This is both a good and important book. I hope more people will read it.
And one of the magical things that can happen with library books occurred while I was flipping to the next page- a sliver of paper with the works Speak Up, written in crayon, was stuffed into the seam of the page. It made my heart fly into my throat, and my eyes welled up. Thank you, library find, for the poignant reminder. And thank you to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for the impetus to pick up the book!