Tamar – Mal Peet twists a tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal in WWII

I’m a sucker for WWII fiction, I’ll admit it. I especially like the kind with a little love thrown in. Tamar, by Mal Peet, is an expert blend of espionage and personal drama, and I’ll admit I only put it down long enough to take a breath because one of the characters was making me want to kick something! The School Library Journal lists it as Grade 8 and up. I haven’t been an eighth-grader in a while, but I think this is right. It certainly deals with some heavy issues, but the story is not vulgar by any means. WWII was not pretty, and this book dabbles with it’s violence and tragedy on several levels. I started to guess one of the endings halfway through, but it was only one part of the story, so obviously my interest was kept to the very end. This is a good read for adults too as most of the characters are adults, and the themes are of universal interest. Check it out at amazon.com.

 

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