Reviews: T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte

Several WWII reading challenge participants read T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte, the story of a deaf German girl told in free verse poems.  Here are excerpts from their reviews; click the links to read all of their thoughts on the book.

Anna from Diary of an Eccentric says:

T4 is intended for middle grade readers, and The Girl and I easily finished the 105 pages of free verse in about 30 minutes. But we spent more time discussing the book and the fact that T4 was a real euthanasia program instituted during World War II, then pulled in 1941 when Germany was busy with the Russian campaign. We talked about how Paula must’ve felt to realize that her own country wanted her dead, how her parents must have felt about letting her go, and how horrible it is to understand that the Nazis killed many mentally ill and disabled people during the war.

The Girl from Diary of an Eccentric says:

I liked the book because it tells a good story, and it’s in poem form. People should read this book because they’ll learn something.

Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit says:

LeZotte’s narrative poems create a cohesive novel for young readers interested in learning more about WWII and the Holocaust. Readers will enjoy the simple imagery and easy-to-read poems, which allow Paula’s confusion, curiosity, and evolution to shine through.

Jules from Jule’s Book Reviews says:

Oddly, what I liked about the novel, is also what I disliked. For starters, the story is told through poetry of a young adult, and her experience during WWII when T4 was in effect and persons with disabilities were targeted. The story is about her journey to avoid capture, and the story told through poetry is powerful and captivating. Some of the passages were very powerful and emotional. At the same time, I wish this was used in combination with an actual story, sometimes I felt that I needed more information, in what was going on, I wanted to dig deeper into the mind of the girl and others around here and in the story, and the poetry just didn’t reach that point for me. Still worth reading, but I wanted more than what I got.

Nise’ from Under The Boardwalk says:

This little, but powerful book, is told in free verse. It is easy to read and would be a great tool to use in talking with and teaching kids about this horrible aspect of the war.

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