Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was written in 1943 in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, Denmark. The Nazis are surrounding up the Jews in the city for the stated purpose of relocation. However, this could mean only a near-certain death. The Danish Resistance, active in Copenhagen, is seeking ways to fight against the Nazis. This is the story of how ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her family, members of the resistance, set out to help Ellen Rosen, Annemarie’s best friend and a Jew, to escape the Nazis and find safety and freedom.
To avoid Ellen’s capture by the Nazis, Annemarie’s family takes her into their home. When soldiers visit their house they claim that Ellen is their daughter, named Lise. Their real daughter Lise had been killed 3 years earlier, hit by a German car. The soldiers, looking for the Rosens, are uncertain of the claim but they leave Ellen with the Johansens.
Outwardly, Theodore Taylor’s novel The Cay is a story about 11-year-old boy Phillip Enright and his experiences stranded on a cay with an African American sailor named Timothy. However, the most important problem The Cay portrays is about how a young man learns to cast aside his racial prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
The story tells us about Phillip and his family living on Curacao, an island in the Caribbean, during World War II. German submarines surround the island and Phillip’s mother decides to take Phillip back to Virginia, United States. They board a freighter to make this journey. The ship, however, is attacked by a German submarine. Phillip and his mother survive but are separated, with Philip aboard a raft with Timothy, a 70 year-old black sailor. Although Timothy saved Phillip’s life by pulling him out of the water, the boy is critical and antagonistic towards Timothy due to his racial prejudice learned from his mother.
Sometimes literary giants engage us in a manner that is either awkward or bluntly provocative. This can be illustrated by the manner the author of the book Shiloh has singularly attempted to do. It can be as well illustrated by the manner the author has explored the philosophical theme which encompasses the compassionate social fabrics. For instance, by delving into the subject of what the masses needs or wants, he presents a challenge to any reader who fails to grasp the literary dogma involving the use of imagery, illusions as well as knit and compact plot to broadcast his observation. Hence, the predominant concept which the author can be said to have anchored his argument is resolved within the perimeters of morality. In essence, according to the novel, morality tends to be confined in archives of the social plebiscites who more than often question the tenets of morality, that is, the elements of respect, empathy, transparency as well as decency.
There have been heroes ever since the existence of humanity. However, wonders about heroism seem to be surprising when dealing with the heroic incidents that are against nature. The narration of The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway vividly affirms ways of portraying heroism. There is a fraught of struggles here and there in the book, i.e. endeavors to fight with the nature to prove the heroic strength of the old man.
For decades or centuries the adults have wondered how the teenagers or youngsters get their lives wasted. It is even not surprising that scores of individuals in the present generation fail to have a glimpse over the way they ruin their precious lives. The content of the book Go ask Alice is dedicated for those living in such darkness. It has an array of problems that involve the youths. In general, it’s a book that has strikes much pit or worry on the lives impending to maturity. Is it worth to read such anonymous book?