"I am often on the fence about whether I want to read another novel set during WWII. Good novels that depict this horrific part of history can be so painful, and bad novels are such an insult to the suffering of all people who died or survived during WWII. So I read novels set in that period, but I try to choose them carefully.
I read The Children's Train based on Angela's great review and I'm glad I did. It's based on the real historical Kindertransport -- the courageous and forward thinking transportation of several thousand Jewish children out of Germany to England before the war. It tells the story of an interrelated set of characters, some who were able to leave Germany and some who weren't.
The story is mostly told from the perspective of the children. It is horrific and moving. It brings to life the horrendous decision parents had to make about whether to send their children away. With 20/20 hindsight, it's obvious that it was the right the decision. But at the time when Jews faced brutality but didn't know where things were going, I can't imagine making the decision these parents had to make. That part of the book is heart wrenching.
It strikes me that it's a book that would work for my 14 year old daughter, as a way to understand the horror of the war and the courage of people who survived and who helped others survive. It contains enough information about the brutality perpetrated by the Nazis to be real, but it leaves enough unsaid to be appropriate for a younger audience."
By Lise Favreau NetGalley Reviewer