At first Marianne is desperate. She does not speak English, she is not welcome in her sponsors’ home, and, most of all, she misses her mother terribly. As the months pass, she realizes that she cannot control the circumstances around her. She must rely on herself if she is to survive.
In this exciting companion to Good-bye Marianne, Irene N. Watts has created a memorable character, and a story that is ultimately about hope, not war. Based on true events, this fictional account of hatred and racism speaks volumes about history and human nature.
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Marianne asked her, “How did you manage to come over?”
Unconsciously, Miriam replied in her native tongue, “I met Mrs. Smedley in Berlin in 1936. She was on holiday with her husband, for the Olympic Games. I was eighteen. She asked me for directions to her hotel. I walked with her, then she invited me in. I explained it was not allowed because I was Jewish. She took my arm and said, ‘I am an English tourist; no one will stop me.’ So brave! We had coffee in her suite. She told me if I ever wanted to go to England, if things got worse, to write to her. When my father’s business was taken away, and I lost my job as his bookkeeper, my mother told me I should write to Mrs. Smedley. It was an opportunity. I did, and she sponsored me. She is very kind. I make mistakes, but she makes allowances for me. My friend Hannah lives in London too, but she lives in one little room. When she wants a bath, she must pay sixpence for the hot water.” Miriam poured more coffee. “She works in a household where they are mean to her. I think she is often hungry.”
“Why don't the Jews in England do more to help” Marianne burst out in German. “Sorry, Bridget, just this one question.”
Miriam said, “They help all they can, but there are so many of us trying to get out of Europe. Mrs. Smedley says in England less than one percent of the population is Jewish. A few are rich, but most are like us – poor, or immigrants, trying to bring their relatives to England. I’ll keep this paper, Marianne. I might hear of a place for your mother.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book when I was about 11 years old for a summer reading assignment. I loved it immediately. The story is timeless! If you are into historical fiction you will fall in love with this book. The meaning goes deep into the readers heart and we as readers can really see the mother daughter bond that holds Marianne and her mother together even when thay are apart!
This young adult book looks at the life of a 11 year old Jewish girl who flees Germany to England on one of the first Kindertransports. As we watch her struggling to learn English and fit in with a cold family (who is nice enough but was expecting an older girl do housekeeping) she discovers that they are being evacuated one again, this time to Wales. How will her mother find her? And where is her father? This time the family she is set up with is really really odd. A fun short book that I would recommend for any child, or for adults who like wartime books or kindertransport books. While it does discuss the Germans coming into her home in Germany and trashing the place, it is not so dark that a younger child could not read it.
Twelve year old Marianne, who was introduced in Goodbye, Marianne (Tundra, 1998), is sent on the Kindertransport to England. Missing her parents and yearning for the familiarity of Jewish family life, she struggles in a series of foster homes. A fascinating picture of war-time England - of courage and narrow social attitudes - is painted.