Murphy, Louise. The true story of Hansel and Gretel; a novel of war and survival.

AuthorTheiss, Nola
PositionBrief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Penguin. 296p. c2003. 0-14-200307-7. $13.00. SA

Using the framework of the famous fairy tale, this novel set in Poland during WW II tells of a Jewish brother and sister set out in a forest by their father and stepmother who feel their best chance for survival is to be rescued by villagers. They are told to forget their real names and use the names Hansel and Gretel. They are taken in by Magda, an old woman who is called a witch by the villagers because she lives alone in the forest and knows herbal medicine. The father and stepmother join the partisans hiding in the woods. While elements of the simple fairy tale plot hold the...

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