Sydney Morning Herald

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank

By Michael McGirr
January 9, 2006

Ellen Feldman imagines Anne Frank’s first crush surviving the Holocaust and migrating to the United States.
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: a fine and sensitive novel.

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: a fine and sensitive novel.

Author
Ellen Feldman
Genre
Fiction
Publisher
Picador
Pages
264
RRP
$30.0

When people talk about young adult literature, they generally mean the books that adults write for teenagers. They tend to overlook the books that teenagers write for adults. By any standards, The Diary of Anne Frank was a key work of the century in which its author lived.

Readers may recall the crush that young Anne Frank had on Peter – with whom her family shared its hiding place – and some of her ambivalence towards him. Peter eventually died in Mauthausen. But Ellen Feldman’s fine and sensitive novel imagines Peter emigrating to the United States.
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