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This story takes place in occupied France during World War II. A
German at an all girls' school is recruited by the Gestapo to translate
The storyteller of this book has a love for literature
was not allowed during this time. As a result, the storyteller builds
secret library in a basement.
Each week, the teacher must wait outside the commanderís office for the
assignment. Sometimes the teacher would wait for hours and would see
people pass by. One day, a very handsome Jewish soldier, Herman, is
the prisoners. The teacher was surprised to see this soldier. He was the
man noticed by the teacher some time ago although he was now more mature.
The teacher knew a rescue attempt had to be done. The teacher hides
in the basement. This was the beginning of their affair. During this
the two share not only love but also their love of literature.
What happens to Herman?
This is a haunting story. The one thing that certainly makes it
is that the author never reveals the gender of the teacher. Some hints
given but you still keep guessing if it is a man or woman. The author
a good job of taking the reader back to occupied France and you can
feel the history of this time period. Readers will have many opinions
the teacher. Read this one and see if you can figure out the gender!