Wednesday, September 22, 2010

30 Day Book Meme - Day -06

Day 06 - Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time

The Chalet School in Exile is my favourite book in the entire Chalet School series. It touches on so many important things - the war, the horrid prejudices that drove it and most especially, the fact that so many people from both sides were stuck on opposing sides, people who had been friends. As war approaches, the girls form a Peace League, knowing that the many German schoolgirls will be behind enemy lines before long. A few of them even jump to the defence of an old Jewish man in a village, which brings down the wrath of the Nazis who are there. From that point forward, the book moves at a frantic pace.

After hiding their Peace League charter, those involved in the incident in the village are forced to flee for their freedom. The story then picks up with the school in Guernsay and we see how some have escaped Europe, but their loved ones have been left behind. Then two German airmen crash and the girls face a terrible dilemma - it's brought home to them that while Hitler has a reason for the war and his need for supremacy, many of those fighting on his side are young men not much older than themselves who do not necessarily share his views. It really brings home the horrors of the war and the realities faced by those who experienced it.

So, what book is your favourite in the series you like best?


Currently Reading - The Exile of Sara Stevenson by Darci Hannah

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