Yes, I'd never read this book before, and I find it as hard to believe as everyone else. All of my co-workers yesterday were all like "You haven't read it?" , "I can't believe you haven't read it."
There's a lot of those award-winning books that I've never gotten around to reading though.
That being said, I really wish I had read this sooner. It's such an amazing and special book. I can see why it won the Newbery Award. I'm reading it for my Children's Lit class, another reason I'm really enjoying this class. It's introduced me to some great books and ones that I might otherwise not have gotten around to.
If you don't know the story, here's the description, although I'm sure many of you have already read it:
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school , food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.
The Nazis won't stop. The Jews of Denmark are being "relocated," so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family.
Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now.
It's a really quick, wonderful read and a different look at the Holocaust than you might normally get. It was interesting to look inside the resistance movement and to read about the courage and will to survive of these people.