"This mean I have the upper hand when we play war."
Franz reached for a pillow. "I'm older, and taller. You'll never have the upper hand. I will always be able to catch you."
(FORESHADOWING FOR THE WIN.)
Overall Story - 5 out of 5 Stars
Age Level: Young adults and up. (PEOPLE DIE AND IT'S HEART WRENCHING!)
(There were quite a few misspellings/words missing but I didn't let that lower my rating since I was reading a proof copy.)
Ok, I'm just gonna steal a bunch of pins from Miss Baillot's Pinterest story board to assist in this review. Have I mentioned how much I love it when author's have storyboards?! Yeah. I like them.
This story takes place in Nazi Germany. Japhet Buchanan and Franz Kappel are childhood friends who are as close as brothers. It never mattered that Japhet was Jewish. That is, until the world began to change. The world tells them they can't be friends.
Franz is the short tempered one, and always stands up for Japhet when the boys from school begin taunting him over being a Jew. Franz comes home with black eyes and bloody noses for defending his brother.
Japhet always believed that Franz would be by his side, his big brother, always looking out for him.
"Why are they shooting at us? It is because Krauts shoot anything that moves and ask questions later?" – Brothers-in-Arms
"Wise guys?" Japhet asked. His voice cracked.
"Yeah, you know, not intelligent or anything. What do you call them? Dummkoffs?"
Something bubbled up in Japhet's throat and a small laugh came out, thought it didn't sound like a laugh. "Okay, if you want."
"Yeah, I want." – Brothers-in-Arms
The Wizard of Oz is mentioned throughout the book, each character representing someone from the movie. For instance:
Jimmy was Dorothy, pulled out of a world he had always known and thrown into one full of insanity. – Brothers-in-Arms
Then there are the characters that make you want to reach in and give them black eyes. Looking at you Stein, Carsten, and Seth. Jerks!!!
Franz helps the Nazis catch the leader of the resistance...only, he doesn't know that the leader of the resistance is Japhet. AHHH!
"I will always be able to catch you."
To find out more about Miss Baillot and her books, check out her blog. She's been doing blog posts to introduce the characters of Brothers-in-Arms which you can find HERE.
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