Petro's, the younger brother is 12 years old and very sweet hearted. The sentences were short and choppy, and sometimes I didn't quite get what the author was trying to put across. So the group of kids find marbles and a deck of cards to play with to occupy them during the day and during the week while barely anyone entertains them. Who must always be best. Zola is Petros's older brother and thinks he is better than every body else and thinks he works harder than Petros. This book is based on his boyhood wartime experiences there.
He starts accusing the family of hiding Lambros and they need to give him up so the Germans can deal with him. Then when a high-ranking German officer move in with them, the danger for Petros and his family double. Petros and his brother get involved in some dangerous games in an attempt to help the war effort. Thanks, Tim Crane this book was reaaaaallyyyy sloww, in the beginning and really hard for me to read. He as at the age of 12. They did not want the Germans to think they were spies so they buried anything with English lettering.
Zola, who must always be first. This book reminds me of the book Tunes for Bears to Dance to, because it is set in the same time period. I would give this book an eight out of ten because of the fact that the beguinning is really slow and some what boring. But when the Germans invade Greece, the war suddenly comes impossibly close. The two boys Zola and Petros go to play marbles with their friends one day and Starvos ends up starting a fight with the kids. This boy Petros lives in Greece with his older brother Zola and family. Leisure time, what little there is of it, is spent watching how-to acrylic painting videos on youtube and occasionally getting out the paints to play.
It was even more interesting to me because it's about a boy my age who lives in Greece like I do, but I would recommend it to children about the age of 12 or 13 anywhere because wars happen unfortunately in many countries. Otherwise, I would not recommend this book to others because of its dullness. Boys will especially enjoy a wartime story told from the viewpoint of a teen who is at the bittersweet end of his childhood---his afternoons of playing marbles with his cousins soon end with the war in his hometown---and the beginning of life as a young adult who must keep a family secret from a dangerous and ever-present enemy. This was a very good book and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 11. Petros lives in Amphissa, Greece but was born in America making him have dual citizenship. Playing marbles with his friends.
Anything that has so much as one English letter on it is gone. It is based on the true story of the author's husband. But when the Germans invade Greece, the war suddenly comes impossibly close. Even of more interest---he jacket states this is based on a true story. Zola has to be number 1, he has to be first. Now his brother, Zola, is competitive and a couple years older.
The boys feel like the war is years away, when yet, it is right around the corner. And Germans shoot people who were American, so Petros's family had to hide the secret of the family being American. Lambros has done many things to the Germans to make them not like him so once he came home he put Petros' family in danger. The children were forbidden to speak English, or any language but Greek. A reader like me wants to get to the action fast which is why I only game this novel a 3 out of 5 instead of a 4 or 5 out of 5. With these descriptions, you really understand how Petros' life is changing, and how bad he feels.
He as at the age of 12. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. They could hear shooting, bombs, yelling and banging. The boys have a cousin, Lambros, who is a resistance fighter. The boys have a cousin, Lambros, who is a resistance fighter. Excitement thrummed in his veins.
Meanwhile, their cousin Lambros is a resistance fighter and desperately needs Petros and his family's help. This book delves into the complicated emotions of a young boy who is drawn to the mythical thrill of war and German occupation while simultaneously fearing the changes it will force on his way of living. Life for brothers Petros and Zola is fine. Petros and his older brother Zola are American born, but have lived in a small village in Greece for nearly their entire lives. The author was really good and keeping it interesting and keeping me wanting to read the book.