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Official Review: Hidden Pearl by J.E. Laufer

Post by kandscreeley » 16 Sep 2019, 11:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hidden Pearl" by J.E. Laufer.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever pretended to be someone else? Did you find it exciting and fun? For some during World War II, life depended on their ability to blend in. Hidden Pearl by J.E. Laufer is one such story of a family forced into hiding by the Nazis.

Pearl enjoys living with her large family - including her mother, father, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. Her life in Poland is rich, and, while they don't have much, they are generous with all they have. Unfortunately, the war draws nearer every day; Pearl and her family have heard of the Nazis eliminating whole neighborhoods of Jews, and those that they don't kill are forced into ghettos. One day their neighbor warns them that the troops are headed towards them. They must flee. Will they find a safe place to wait out the war? Will the family manage to stay alive and escape capture?

When I think about the Second World War, work and extermination camps like Auschwitz and Dachau come to mind. I was unaware there were Jews that hid in plain sight during that time. Therefore, this book was educational to me. The book will teach young adults while capturing their interest; it brings this true story to life in a way that children will relate to. Though that time was full of atrocities, the book isn't graphic in nature, making it suitable for a wider (and younger) audience.

Pearl and her family came to life, which kept me invested in the plot. Her family consists of eleven members in total, but the focus is on Pearl. Thus, it's not necessary to remember each and every name presented, and it's not overwhelming.

The chapters are short, and it's a quick read at only around 130 pages in a PDF format. Again, this makes it accessible to young adults and those with shorter attention spans. While the book is more of a novella, the story is complete, and it doesn't feel rushed.

The author includes pictures of the family at the end of the story, which I enjoyed. The story is based on Pearl's actual memories, and we get to put a face to the name with the included images. All the main characters are pictured here, and they weren't quite what I imagined. In addition, Laufer lets us know what happened to the family after the book concludes. It's nice to know that life did continue for them.

There were more grammatical errors than I would have liked; however, there still weren't that many. These errors were all quite minor. In fact, if you aren't looking for them, you might not even notice.

Hidden Pearl is a quick read that I recommend to all young adults in order to understand more about World War II. I'm happy to rate it 4 out of 4 stars because it's easy to fall in love with Pearl. The errors weren't numerous enough to warrant the removal of a star. I hope that everyone finds this as fascinating as I did.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 17 Sep 2019, 18:15

This sounds like a really well-written story! I love that it's educational as well. I've always enjoyed historical fiction. Thank you for your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Sep 2019, 18:23

Rachel Lea wrote:
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This sounds like a really well-written story! I love that it's educational as well. I've always enjoyed historical fiction. Thank you for your review!
It's based on a true story as well! It really is a great book for young adults or even adults. Thank you for commenting!
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Post by Wyland » 17 Sep 2019, 18:40

I like war stories and this one about Pearl and her family trying to remain hidden in the face of war sounds compelling to read. Thanks for the amazing review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Sep 2019, 19:22

Wyland wrote:
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I like war stories and this one about Pearl and her family trying to remain hidden in the face of war sounds compelling to read. Thanks for the amazing review.
It's a bit different for WWII stories. I didn't think about the Jews that hid in plain sight. Thanks!
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Post by Helene_2008 » 17 Sep 2019, 21:09

I've read a couple historical fiction books about WWII this past year and really enjoyed them. Based on your review, sounds like this one would be another good one.

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Post by Meg98 » 17 Sep 2019, 21:22

This sounds like an interesting and educational read. I am interested to learn more about World War II. Thanks for this great review! Cheers:)
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Post by Magnify3 » 18 Sep 2019, 02:27

This sounds like the type of book that I would read. I am interested in learning about the Jewish people during the time of the war. Thanks for the review!

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Post by rumik » 18 Sep 2019, 07:46

I would love to read a short book that doesn't feel rushed, haha. This one reminds me of The Book Thief, which I really enjoyed. I'll try checking it out, thanks for the lovely review!

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Post by bookowlie » 18 Sep 2019, 09:19

Thanks for another insightful review! I like that the book isn't too long since historical novels are often too overloaded with details. What a nice bonus that the author included real-life photos and info about what happened to the family.
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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 18 Sep 2019, 11:28

I couldn't help myself imaging the situation of the family in the war ground. It is a really interesting story. Nice review too!
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Post by mmm17 » 18 Sep 2019, 11:59

It is amazing to think that Jews did hide in plain sight during the war. Fortunately, there were people nice enough to help them. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 18 Sep 2019, 13:15

I usually enjoy books set during the Holocaust, so I might just read this one. Pearl sounds like an absolute gem. :wink: Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Sep 2019, 18:51

Helene_2008 wrote:
17 Sep 2019, 21:09
I've read a couple historical fiction books about WWII this past year and really enjoyed them. Based on your review, sounds like this one would be another good one.
It would be. Pearl is a great character, and it's interesting to see how she survived.
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