In My Enemy's House by Carol MatasIn My Enemy's House by Carol Matas

In My Enemy's House

byCarol Matas

Paperback | February 1, 2013

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I survived. Protected by the Nazis that killed my family. Could I ever forgive myself?

Award-winning novelist Carol Matas brings readers into the heart of Nazi Germany with the harrowing story of Marisa, a Polish Jew whose blond hair and blue eyes make it easy for her to pass as a Christian.

With the Nazis ready to herd the remaining Jews of her town into a ghetto, and with her family either scattered or dead, Marisa takes the papers of a Polish girl and goes to Germany in a desperate attempt to survive as a Polish worker.

Marisa finds work as a servant for the Reymanns, a German family that treats her with respect. But she must never forget that Herr Reymann is a high-ranking Nazi. Marisa is hiding in plain sight in her enemy's house.

This unflinching account of Marisa's dilemma as a Jew living a lie in order to survive will give readers a new perspective on the nature of good and evil, even as it touches their hearts.

Carol Matas is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. She is best known for her acclaimed historical fiction, and her awards include the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers as well as two nominations for the Governor General's Award. Carol lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba...
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Title:In My Enemy's HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 7.77 × 5.01 × 0.41 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443100196

ISBN - 13:9781443100199

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pieces of the Past I read this book over 4 times. May I just say that every single time I read it, I was in love! This book has romance, family issues, and the thing that flabbergasts us all... The Holocaust.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful I found the book to be both interesting and insightful. The author portrayed Jews in the Holocaust very well. I never thought about war orphans like that, how their experiences had shaped how they viewed the world and their place in it.
Date published: 2013-06-05

Editorial Reviews

Praise for In My Enemy's House:Honour Book, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young PeopleCCBC Our ChoiceNotable, Sydney Taylor Award, Books for Older ReadersNominee, McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award"This story holds you not only with the authentic account of the Jewish girl hiding in disguise right in the jaws of the enemy, but also with the intimate view of the Nazi home." -Booklist"Gripping... although this is fiction, it has the immediacy and impact of a true story. Marisa's ordeal is compelling, moving - and deeply disturbing." -School Library Journal"Chilling and compelling, this darkly existential novel travels down yet another path on the map of multi-faceted Holocaust literature, grappling with the paradox of separating individual from ideology." -VOYA"Matas gives the reader enthralling action, and interesting relationships, while firmly touching on issues of moral behavior." -Children's Literature