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The Watcher After Wendy is kidnapped by her own mother the only way she can survive wartime Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate standalo

  • Title: The Watcher
  • Author: Joan Hiatt Harlow
  • ISBN: 9781442429116
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Watcher By Joan Hiatt Harlow, After Wendy is kidnapped by her own mother, the only way she can survive wartime Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows on the Sea.1942 Berlin, Germany How did Wendy end up in such a place Just a few months ago, she was enjoying her time in Maine, supporting the AmeriAfter Wendy is kidnapped by her own mother, the only way she can survive wartime Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows on the Sea.1942 Berlin, Germany How did Wendy end up in such a place Just a few months ago, she was enjoying her time in Maine, supporting the American war effort.But she was kidnapped, then betrayed by her own mother, who is actually a Nazi spy As a new Berliner and now a German Wendy is expected to speak in a language she s never known and support a cause she doesn t believe in.There are allies, though, among the Germans Allies who have been watching over Wendy since she arrived And Wendy, along with her new German shepherd puppy, must confront them If only she can find them.Her life depends on it.

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    1. I loved this book so much, I cried It s so happy at the end, even though conflict is going on in Germany When Wendy Taylor finds out her aunt is her mother may be a spoiler for some people , she is forced to go to Berlin with her mother, Adrie There are many mysteries ahead of Wendy about her life as she tries to fit in with the German people She tries to make her mother proud, even though Adrie has secrets from Wendy This book made me cry, laugh, and want to sit down and read for a very, very l [...]

    2. The novel The Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow, a historical fiction novel published in 2014, has a very unique plot and is very inspiring to read The story takes place in Berlin during the Nazi regime The main character Wendy, her surname changes from Taylor to Dekker when she is ripped from her home in the United States to go live with her birth mother in the epicenter of Nazi Germany, is an intelligent and determined girl learning the native language quickly Wendy s comprehension of the German la [...]

    3. It s 1942 and Wendy Taylor finds out that her so called Aunt Adrie is really her mother and now Adrie has kidnapped Wendy from America and given her a new name, Wendy Dekker Things are so different in Germany the language the fact that Wendy s mother is a Nazi spy the maid good foods here that were rationed in America and the fact that someone seems to be spying on Wendy She discovers a boy s grandfather, who has been watching her secretly,was a friend of Wendy s father, who she never knew, and [...]

    4. The setting was unique Wendy, the daughter of a Nazi supporter, is living in Berlin I can t recall reading much from this point of view, except The Boy in the Striped Pajamas But Wendy is 15, so she knows about what is going on around her Still she is so childish about most of it Because of the setting, the author could touch on some different topics, like the Lebensborn I liked that aspect of the book But the book was predictable and unbelievable at the same time The way Wendy acted, I kept th [...]

    5. My mom got this from the library, and I was curious and picked it up.Now, I am not a big fan of historical fiction, but when I read this book it was a smack in the face of how good historical fiction can be I finished it in two days I started in the afternoon of one day and the finished it in the morning of the next After I read it, I requested it for my birthday.Yep, the one who doesn t like historical fiction wanted this book for her birthday to read and re read And that is what I did.Since I [...]

    6. WWII Berlin, GermanyWendy moves with her mother from America to Germany Secrets that have been kept from Wendy come out Wendy learns Germany does not have freedom of speech or religion and she can t keep silent any.Written for upper elementary grades, it does explore some difficult war issues.

    7. This is a fantastic book for 6th or 7th graders It s a historical fiction about World War II The story gives younger readers an introduction to this horrific time period.

    8. The premise works well, even without reading the original book from which this one emerged asa sequel There are few books written from inside Berlin Nazi Germany for young readers, and those that I know of are told by young people who were raised there and noted the changes in their political climate and social pressures gradually, the way a frog or lobster might be cooked by raising the temperature of the water until the deathly boil catches its victim unaware IN this case, though, Wendy Vendy [...]

    9. This is a story about a girl in Berlin during WW2 That caught my attention I love books about Berlin and I love books about WW2, sadly this book did not meet my expectations Although there were a lot of accurate details about the time and the place a lot of the author s story was not accurate The characters were not well drawn and therefore not believable You don t say Ich bin to introduce yourself in German You say, Ich heisse Secondly you don t say you are going, TO zum Bahnhof Zum means TO th [...]

    10. 1942 Berlin, Germany How did Wendy, an American girl, end up in such a place Just a few months ago, she was enjoying her time in Maine, supporting U.S was effort But she was kidnapped, then betrayed by her own mother, who is actually a Nazi spy As a new Berliner, and now a German Wendy is expected to speak a language she s never known and support a cause she doesn t believe in There are allies, though, among the Germans Allies who have been watching Wendy since she s arrived And Wendy along, wit [...]

    11. Should have been a far compelling read than it was I found the characters to be rather flat and one dimensional.

    12. I really loved it because it had facts in it and the end was so happy I was glad Wendy could return to the States and to the people she loved in the end despite the horrible war.

    13. Such a touching and memorable novel it is interesting because it shows Germanys point of view as well as an Americans.

    14. Originally reviewed at cecilyjsorrel.wordpress.I ve been on a bit of a WWII fiction binge for the past few days I believe it started with The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances which then became the complete Doctor Who wartime episodes marathon which then evolved into a rereading of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr In other words, I was burning for a new bit of World War fiction, something a quark less depressing That longing resulted in thi [...]

    15. It s 1942 in Berlin, Germany Wendy has just arrived in Berlin with her newly found mother, Adrie Wendy s grown up her whole life in America and speaks no German As happy as she is to be with Adrie, it is hard for Wendy to transition to being a German girl The war, which seemed so remote in America, is the focus of everything in Berlin, and many things Wendy doesn t understand It seems she has two choices She can close her eyes to what s happening, or she can do something about it.The Watcher is [...]

    16. I m something of a World War II buff, so I was excited to read the synopsis for The Watcher The idea of a girl who ends up on the wrong side of enemy lines in World War II though, not without good reason absolutely intrigued me beyond belief Joan Harlow re introduces readers to Wendy Taylor , a young fourteen year old American girl who finds out that her Aunt Adrie is actually her mother She agrees to return to Germany with her mother, without actually considering the full ramifications of that [...]

    17. Joan Hiatt Harlow brings Nazi Germany to life in her book The Watcher In this story, a young girl named Wendy is thrust into war torn Berlin, Germany by her Aunt Adrie, who is actually her mother, a Nazi spy She must face this reality as she is taken from the only home she has ever known to a new country she knows little about It s easy to love Wendy, the narrator of this book Harlow conveys her thoughts and emotions in a way that makes it easy to relate to her You can feel Wendy s sadness and l [...]

    18. Wendy, a character from Shadows on the Sea 2003 is taken from her home in the US by Adrie, whom she thought was her aunt but who turns out to be her mother The two go to Germany, where Adrie has a job with the Nazi regime Wendy, who doesn t speak German, finds it hard to adjust to her new life, but takes comfort in a defective German shepherd puppy she saves from being euthanized by the Nazi soldiers She meets Barret, a blind young man, in a park near her home, and finds out that Barret s grandf [...]

    19. One of my students insisted that I HAD to read this book She was definitely correct Wendy discovers that her aunt is actually her biological mother Her aunt mom whisks her away from her United States home and parents to live in World War II Germany Wendy must learn to adjust to her new life as a German girl all while trying to figure out what is right and wrong This was a unique story, and it wasn t hard to root for Wendy or some of the other secondary characters Opa, Barrett, Frieda It was diff [...]

    20. Wendy has been kidnapped from America by her mother Adrie and taken to Nazi Germany in 1942 Wendy has to quickly become acclimated to life in Germany and with Adrie Adrie is not only German but a Nazi spy as well She is devoted to the Fuhrer and firmly believes the Nazi propaganda Wendy is not so sure and her experiences don t bring her any closer to Adrie s beliefs Wendy rescues a German Shepherd puppy from being killed for not being a mean enough police dog She also volunteers at a Lebansborn [...]

    21. Wendy is a girl who is kidnapped from the US by her German mother and taken directly to Berlin in the middle of WW2 Her mom is a Nazi, and Wendy describes herself as neutral at first, having not been invested too much with what is going on in the US As the story goes on, Wendy learns of the Nazi atrocities and plans to escape Germany to head back to the US The story is pretty compelling, and I think does a great job of showing how there was German resistance to Nazi rule, something that I think [...]

    22. gr 4 6 258 pgs1942, Berlin, Germany 15 year old Wendy Dekker s life has been turned upside down Just a short while before she was living in the United States with her mother and father Now, she s discovered that her parents were actually her aunt and uncle and the woman she s always thought of as Aunt Adrie is actually her mother and works for the Nazis Now her mother has taken Wendy back to Germany with her and insists that Wendy become a perfect German daughter and forget all about her life in [...]

    23. The cover ages this book 10 years and I don t students will pick it up on their own Casting Wendy as an American and giving her a dog will help students relate to this book Focusing on the Lebensborn, Jehovah s witnesses and the White Rose resistance is a fresh take on WWII topics and allows the author to allude to the horror of the camps without actually showing the reader the details of the atrocities This makes it a good entry into learning about the holocaust for those not ready for Number t [...]

    24. I thought this book was very interested as I begin reading the first few pages I would love to continue reading to see what else is going to happen The fifteen year old girl who was taken to WWII is German by the real mother only to learn that the life there wasn t what Wendy s mother made it out to be The story went on to explain that the only way that Wendy was going to survive there was with the help of her special dog and the family she never knew The author illustrator put together a well w [...]

    25. I read this book at my daughter s insistence While it is geared towards a young adult audience, it was still a very good book and hard to put down I didn t realize before starting that it s actually a sequel, though the commentary about it says it s a standalone, there were parts which were really confusing, and probably won t be fully understood unless I read the prequel I love historical fiction though, and the author did well blending fictional stories with things and people who actually exis [...]

    26. The companion to Shadow on the Sea, Joan Hiatt Harlow s new noveltells the story of Wendy Taylor After moving from America to Berlin, and discovering her mother is a Nazi spy, Wendy s life has been turned upside down But she begins to learn that Germany is nothing like the states and maybe the Nazi party isn t as wonderful as her mother says.The Watcher is a enlightening and moving story that captures the horror and heart of World War II through the eyes of young German girl

    27. I can t remember where this book popped up, but it did and it sounded good, so I bought it It is young adult historical fiction, and it would make a great introduction or companion read for a unit on the Holocaust It would be best for young readers maybe fifth or sixth grade It s a glimpse into Nazi Germany without all of the gruesome details, so it s historical and reasonably accurate, but won t scare the pants off of a kid being introduced to this time in history.

    28. Both the cover and the writing have an old fashioned feel to them and I pushed a bit to keep going with this Wendy is 15 in the story but sounds and reacts as if she were 10 Still, some different situations than the usual historical fiction set during this time and some interesting information woven in such as the White Rose group, the Lebensborn homes and the Bibelforscher This one can be used with younger students.

    29. I really liked this book because it made me want to learn about the history of World War 2, Hitler, and the nazis Also its a story where you think the girl Wendy has everything figured out but in the end she learns so many new and different things about her life, and realizes that the things that people are doing aren t right.

    30. this book is amazing so far my favorite,and there are really vicious parts that will catch your heart and make you think,Why Why, did they have to do that to so many innocent people It also holds a message saying,Even if you think your never going to see them again , they may come back, you just need to be patient.

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