Hello! It is almost the end of April, and I feel like the month has gone by so quickly! Anyways, I am going to get right into my review of Louder than Words, by Kathy Kacer!
Louder than Words
Author: Kathy Kacer
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
Heroic actions speak volumes in a powerful middle grade novel based on real WWII events.
Life is not easy for Jewish people in the midst of the Second World War, and for twelve-year-old Dina and her sisters, it gets even harder when their father dies. Their mother must go back to work and despite many objections, the family adjusts to the arrival of their new housekeeper, Nina, who is not Jewish. But Nina’s role changes dramatically when the Nazis invade their small Ukrainian town. Nina sacrifices her own safety to make sure the children she has come to love are kept from the clutches of the Nazis, and Dina comes to depend on her in a way she never imagined she would.
The third novel in Kathy Kacer’s acclaimed Heroes Quartet series, Louder Than Words is based on the true story of one woman’s incredible heroism in the most dangerous of circumstances. It is a another affecting testament to the unsung heroes of World War II who, at great personal risk, saved the lives of strangers.
I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion of the book.
It was okay. I actually really liked the overall writing with the description and stuff, I just didn’t really like the dialogue. It just didn’t seem as natural; when the characters were talking with each other it felt kind of forced.
I also think that there could have been more detail. More time to get to know and understand the characters. But overall, the writing was okay. Not incredibly amazing, but pretty good. But mostly, I would have wanted to connect with the characters, especially Dina. She’s only twelve, but she knows that it’s not okay to just stand by and let things happen, and eventually spiral out of control. Dina stood up for herself, and she stood up for her friends, no matter what the consequences would be.
I thought that the end of the book and the epilogue were too spaced apart, too different. The book took place at the very beginning, and was showing what a young Jewish girl’s life was like as more and more antisemitic laws were put in place in the city where she’d grown up. That part was actually really great, in my opinion. However, and I’m don’t want to spoil anything here so I’m not going to write more, because I think that would spoil it.
There wasn’t actually anything else that I majorly disliked, it was just that the book didn’t completely and entirely pull me in. I wasn’t so emotionally invested in the book that I was so disappointed when it was over. I was honestly kind of surprised that the book had ended so soon. The epilogue, as distanced as it seemed, did tie up quite a few loose ends, and ended everything quite neatly.
Although, I didn’t enjoy as much how the epilogue just cleared up anything and everything that we might have been wondering about in just a few pages. But that’s adding on to what I said before.
Kathy Kacer was born in Toronto and has lived there all her life (with the exception of three years in New Brunswick). She has a Master’s degree in Psychology and worked for many years with troubled teens and their families. She stopped working full time in 1995 to pursue her dream of becoming a children’s author. That dream came true with the publication of her first book, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, in 1999. She has been writing ever since.
I was really looking forwards to the book, mostly based on the description. I was a little disappointed, but it was still a pretty good book. It showed what life could be like for a young Jew living in an antisemitic Ukraine, and how a kids life could be torn apart, and how someone who wants to care for you and who you can trust can change your life.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
To who? Those in search of a middle grade novel about world war two and what life could be like for a young Jewish kid living in amidst many antisemitic laws.