Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Shadow of His Hand" (story of Anita Dittman) by Wendy Lawton (Daughters of Faith Series)

ISBN: 978-0-8024-4074-7
$6.99 - (ages 8-12)
Wendy Lawton has written another inspiring and accurate portrayal of girls in history in her "Daughers of the Faith Series." Shadow of His Hand  is the story of Anita Dittman growing up as a young girl and teen during the rise of Hitler's Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.  Anita's mother is Jewish and her father Aryan.  Her father determines that he must separate himself from the contamination of his Jewish wife and their children so he completely rejects them - especially Anita and her mother.  The older sister is more tolerable, but she too must go.

Anita attends Christian church one Easter Sunday and recognizes she has a Heavenly Father who will not forsake her.  She becomes a Christian. Through the rest of Anita's story, she finds that God provides a cover for her letting her be shielded by the shadow of His hand.  Christians provide solace and shelter for her and her family though they do become separated and must labor in concentration camps and labor camps.

This is not a true work of fiction.  It follows the actual life of Anita Dittman who survived the Holocaust, came to the United States, and became a speaker and author (Trapped in Hitler's Hell by Anita Dittman).

This is an intense book to read even though it is written for young readers age 8-12.  It is short, thorough, engaging.  I recommend it for the home library of young girls as well as public and school library collections.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Shadow of His Hand by Moody Publishers on behalf of the author for the purpose of an honest review with no obligation to submit positive remarks. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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