I picked After the Train up at the library last week while I was hanging out with my son. It is a short read, less than 200 pages, aimed to upper elementary/middle schoolers. The story takes place after WWII in 1950’s Germany. Tensions are still high and the country is working to recuperate after the devastation of the war. Young Peter and his family live what seems to be a normal life, until one day he discovers a secret about his past that changes how he sees his family, his world, and himself.
I just loved this book. It was an easy, quick read for me, and it had a lot of “teachable moments” in it, I thought. I seem to be finding more and more books lately about the years after WWII, which is a time period I really hadn’t seen a lot on for children.
I look forward to reading more by Gloria Whelan!