Category Archives: Author: Barry Denenberg

One Eye Laughing, the Other Eye Weeping

One Eye Laughing, the Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss
Barry Denenberg

Both of her eyes look kind of neutral to me.

Both of her eyes look kind of neutral to me.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 254
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2000
Genre: Historical
Series:  Dear America series

This is the story of a Jewish girl living in Vienna during the Nazi Occupation of 1938. Julie has lived a privileged life in Vienna because her dad is a famous doctor. Things change though when Germany invades and takes over Julie’s country and way of life. Julie and her family are persecuted for being Jewish and things go from bad to worse as World War II begins in Europe. Julie is swept away to safety in America where her Aunt, a stage actress, takes her in and gives her a fairy tale life that starts in the glimmering lights of the stage.

This book is good for students who would like a first-hand account of a girl facing the terrors of war and how life was like during those terrifying days of World War II. It is both heartbreaking and hopeful to read.

-Ms. Caitlin

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Barry Denenberg, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 200-300, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s

Elisabeth: The Princess Bride

Elisabeth: The Princess Bride
Barry Denenberg

Where is Westley?

Where is Westley?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 149
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2003
Genre: Historical
Series: Royal Diaries

This book is about a girl named Elisabeth who becomes the Empress of Austria and Hungary in the year 1853. She is chosen by the Emperor Franz Joseph to be his wife and this diary is about their beginning courtship and what life was like after she became one of the most powerful women in Europe.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about life in Europe in the late 1800’s and what it was like for royalty. It is an easy-to-read book, but the customs of European people in those days may need to be researched in order to understand their lifestyles.

-Caitlin

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Barry Denenberg, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s