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Enemy Brothers

by Constance Savery
287 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen

Amazing, heartwarming, and a historically accurate view of World War II.

Plot

During World War II, a young British airman is reunited with his brother who was kidnapped by Germans as a child. Though the boy is only twelve years old, he has been given a thorough education in Nazi politics and bears the German name of Max instead of his given name, Tony. After his brother brings him home, Tony is presented with a difficult decision. Will he choose to stay in England with his new family, or will he return to Germany and the life he's always known?

Morality

Evil and good are black and white throughout the entire novel. Personal responsibility and selflessness are shown as well, and the White Priory gives a beautiful and unsentimental picture of family life.

Spiritual Content

Towards the end of the book, Dym (the airman) gives an excellent explanation of good and evil and how they looked during World War II. Faith and redemption are strongly emphasized, and while Dym isn't strictly a Christ-figure, he is an excellent example of unselfish love.

Violence

None. One of the characters is machine-gunned, but it isn't graphically shown.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Tony is given a painkiller at a chemist's, but that's the only instance.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

This book was written for ages 10+, but I think older readers will better understand the veiled allegory. It's a gripping story, with living and lovable characters. The setting is accurate, and the tone is warm though realistic.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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