A FRIEND CALLED ANNE by Jaqueline van Maarsen


One Girl's Story of War, Peace and a Unique Friendship with Anne Frank
Age Range: 10 & up
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Another entry in the Anne Frank canon. Van Maarsen and Anne were classmates, neighbors and best, inseparable friends in Amsterdam from September 1941 to June 1942 and shared many common interests and friends. Half Jewish “Jacque” and her family were spared deportation and a far worse fate. When Anne simply disappeared one day, van Maarsen, like others, believed she and her family had fled to Switzerland. She learned the truth about the attic and the death of most of its occupants after the war when Otto Frank visited and gave her a letter Anne had written to her while in hiding. Any reminiscence about Anne Frank only adds to her luster and enlarges the legend. Though readers will learn much about Jacqueline in her own right, independent of Anne, her role as witness to Anne as a real, relatable preteen makes her account take off. Titles like this bring home to readers that Anne was a young person much like themselves, but anyone who recounts her experiences must invariably bask in reflected glory. A serviceable work for those who are fascinated by Anne and want to read everything about her. Illustrated with photographs. (timeline, very short bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: April 7th, 2005
ISBN: 0-670-05958-7
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2005