An ordinary girl faces an extraordinary choice in this gripping, coming-of-age tale of secrets and courage set in Nazi Germany, perfect for readers who enjoyed The Book Thief and Beneath a Scarlet Sky.'
'It's terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true' Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity
Munich, 1931. Gretchen Muller has been cherished and protected by Adolf Hitler ever since her father, a senior Nazi officer, sacrificed himself to save the life of the Führer. And now Germany has the chance to be great once more, under the command of her 'Uncle Dolf'.
But secrets cannot be silenced forever. When Gretchen meets a young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, who claims that her father was actually murdered, she becomes swept up in a desperate and dangerous search for the truth. With the full might of the ever-powerful Nazi party on her tail, and the motives of her dearest friends now in question, Gretchen must risk everything to determine her own allegiances - even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.
What readers are saying about Prisoner of Night and Fog:
'Takes a mature approach to a very serious subject and immerses the reader in the twisted, violent culture of Nazism in the years before Hitler came to power'
'Blankman has woven her clever and well-researched plot around real people and real events - not least the character of Hitler himself'
'A great read for anyone who wants a gripping page turner and particularly to those wanting to find out more about a grimly fascinating period of history'
Gretchen M ller has grown up in 1920s Germany believing her father sacrificed his life to shield "Uncle Dolf" from a fusillade of police bullets during Hitler's failed 1923 attempt to overthrow the government. Because of her father's martyrdom, Gretchen's family has enjoyed favored status among the Nazis; she is now Hitler's "favorite pet," and her (terrifying) older brother works as one of his thuggish Brownshirts. Then Gretchen meets Daniel Cohen, a young reporter who has evidence that her father was not a Nazi hero, but a murder victim. Gretchen refuses to believe it, but as she undertakes her own investigation, she realizes that many things she had accepted as truth are lies. Debut novelist Blankman's account of life in Munich prior to Hitler's 1933 elevation to the chancellorship is completely engrossing. In an afterword, she separates fact from the fictional characters she created; a three-page bibliography is appended. Concocting a murder mystery featuring one of history's most well-known figures is risky, and some scenes test the limits of plausibility. But Blankman creates riveting tension for her heroine and pulls readers through with an irresistible subplot featuring forbidden love. Ages 13 up.