Kids Corner @ Kindle Nation Daily Student Reviewer: James L.
Student Reviewer’s Grade: 5th Grade
James’ Review: Someone Named Eva is a book of fiction that is based on events that really happened in German Occupied Europe during World War II. The main character of this story is named Milada. She is a little girl with blond hair who lived in a small town in Czechoslovakia named Lidice. Milada is just a character but there was once a town in Czechoslovakia called Lidice. It was destroyed by Adolf Hitler in one of the saddest cases of mistaken identity in history. In Someone Named Eva identity is the most important theme of the story.
When this story begins, we meet Milada and her family. They are living quietly on a farm in German occupied Czechoslovakia. It is 1942 and the war in Europe has made life hard for Milada’s family and the other people living in Lidice. But they believe that if they just follow orders and stay out of trouble, the war will end and the Germans will go home. What they don’t realize is that the assassination of an important Nazi official will be mistakenly blamed on people from their town. In retribution, Adolf Hitler, will evacuate the town and destroy it house by house. Some of the people will be killed immediately and some will be sent to concentration camps. In this story, the author chose to send Milada away to a German school where she learns the German language and is prepared to live her life as a German in a German family. Milada becomes someone named Eva and the rest of the story is about how she tries to live her new life as a German without forgetting her old life as a Czech.
This book was entertaining because it was so absorbing. It was sad to read about a child who had been taken away from her parents. But the story was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down.
I found this book educational because it was based on real historical events that everyone should know about. Because of this book, I learned about a place that Adolf Hitler tried to erase from the world. I also learned about a cruel Nazi program where children from occupied Europe were kidnapped and sent to schools to learn how to be Germans and live in German society.