An important and unforgettable story, brilliantly re-told by Booker Prize-winner Ian McEwan.
Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all
the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One
day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck
to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence.
She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and
soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear...
About the Illustrator
Roberto Innocenti was born in 1940 in Bagno a Ripoli, a small town near Florence. Never having attended art school, he went to Rome to work in an animation studio. Returning to Florence, he began designing books and illustrating film and theatre posters. He has illustrated Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, J. Patrick Lewis's The Last Resort and Ruth Vander Zee's Erika's Story. He lives in Florence with his wife.
"Offers the consolation, that goodness, even when unrecorded, is still worth celebrating." - Amanda Craig, The Times
"Illustrated with extraordinary, haunting pictures." - Rebecca Abrams, Daily Telegraph
"A modern fairy tale that does not flinch at reality." - Quentin Blake, Independent
"Bleak but rewarding." - The School Librarian
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
For Grades: 5 - 8
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1