Book Review & Giveaway: Burying the Sun & Angel on the Square

Burying the Sun *Giveaway Closed*
It’s been a while since I did a giveaway, but this month’s giveaway item is a copy of Angel on the Square, book one in Gloria Whelan’s St. Petersburg series. The giveaway is open only to readers in the US. To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite WWII book.

All that was long ago, and until that morning I had thought I would have no chance for my own adventures, only day after day of dreary study and work. With talk of war with Germany, the world was suddenly more exciting.

To fourteen year old Georgi, the idea of war with Germany seems exciting. Though too young to join the army and unable to find a way to sneak in anyway, Georgi throws himself into volunteer work, determined to help protect his country. It isn’t until the Germans begin surrounding Leningrad that reality sinks in. Now Georgi concerns himself with protecting his shrinking circle of family and friends. Can Georgi succeed in bringing himself and those he cares about through a brutal winter as he grows into manhood?

I enjoyed re-reading this book in preparation to write this review (I’m actually not quite finished yet). It’s been several years since I read it, and this time through I’ve been really appreciating the amount of research woven into the story. Gloria Whelan draws you into the lives of the people trapped inside Leningrad during the winter of 1941. A unique angle on the events of WWII.

Author: Gloria Whelan
Audience: Middle Grade–Tween
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 205

Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win Angel on the Square! The winner will be announced next Thursday

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5 Comments

  1. My favorite WW2 book is “The Hiding Place”—so inspiring! As far as kids’ WW2 books, I like “Snow Treasure” and “Number the Stars,” both of which you’ve reviewed 😀

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  2. Hmm… “Number the Stars” is a good one, but I’m going to have to say that “The Chestry Oak” by Kate Seredy. Mom has read several of her books as read alouds (“Lazy Tinka”, “The Good Master”, and “A Tree for Peter” are some of our favorites.) but I think “The Chestry Oak” is my favorite. It tells the story of Michael, Prince of Chestry whose father is secretly relaying information to the Allies, while masquerading as a Nazi leader. Then, after a bombing raid on his castle, he is adopted by an American family but still feels bound by his honor promise never tell what his father was doing, even though the war is now over.
    The story is so terribly sad for 8-year-old Michael, yet so incredibly happy at the same time. An amazing story.

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  3. OnionTea

     /  July 29, 2013

    Sounds interesting.

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  4. Gina Harris

     /  July 31, 2013

    This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Heather

     /  July 31, 2013

    Looks like an exciting book! One of my all-time favorite WWII fiction books is “A Father’s Promise” by Donna Lynn Hess.

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