Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Extra

 
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The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

Due Out - October 8, 2013 (so not too long!)

Official Summary: One ordinary afternoon, fifeen-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the "Gypsy plague." Just when it seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. Life on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality. The surroundings are glamorous, but Lilo and the other extras are barely fed, closely guarded, and kept in a locked barn when not on the movie set. And the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl is always present, answering the slightest provocation with malice, flaunting the power to assign prisoners to life or death. Lilo takes matters into her own hands, effecting an escape and running for her life. In this chilling but ultimately uplifting novel, Kathryn Lasky imagines the lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other.

Why I'm Waiting: I just recently came across this one and I immediately knew I had to read it! I'm fascinated by stories that deal with WWII and Hitler. I have been ever since I was younger and read books like Number the Stars, leading all the way to now when I adored Code Name Verity. The Extra sounds like another great book that has a feisty female at the center, ready to do what she can to survive. I also love that it focuses on a topic within the Holocaust that I haven't seen elsewhere.

20 comments:

LunaMoth said...

gypsy and nazi? that.. is a special combo! I will keep an eye on this one.

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Brandi Kosiner said...

haven't heard of this one. Hope you get to read it soon!
Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Erika said...

This definitely sounds different. :)

Liviania said...

I have this one! Want me to mail it to you after I read it?

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

I'm fascinated by WW2 and Hitler stories too, and this one sounds just a little bit different. I can't wait to see what you think of it! Thanks for putting this on my radar. :)

Synchronized Reading said...

This is my first time hearing of this, but it definitely sounds like an interesting book :) Thanks for stopping by My WW!

Janina

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Such a good pick. That cover creeps me out!
Thanks for sharing!

Jenni @ Alluring Reads said...

Wow I've never heard of this one. I haven't read any YA that deals with Nazi's so this would definitely be an interesting read!

bermudaonion said...

I like World War II books as well. This sounds good!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this would be hard to read as well. Still, sounds like an interesting one! Good choice.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oooh interesting!

Rachel said...

Totally interesting find. Although, I'd be frightened to read this because anything with the Nazi's gives me nightmares. Unfathomable what was done. But this does sound like a spunky heroine. :)

Alise (Readers In Wonderland) said...

The history and setting of WWII fascinates me as well, it's my favorite time period to read about in history. This one sounds so good because it seems really unique.

Candace said...

Oh this one sounds really good! I hadn't heard of it yet. The authors name sounds familiar, I wonder if I read something else by her.

Wendy Lohr said...

I haven't heard of this book, but I like that it focuses on an almost untouched part of WWII...film making. It sounds like it will be a very intense and intriguing read! Great WoW pick! Thanks for visiting mine earlier!

Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

Giselle said...

Oh wow this sounds really good! I'm the same with WWII and Hitler books It's really kind of fascinating to know these stories really aren't far from fiction if they are at all which is sad, really. Great pick!

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I have never heard of this one but it sounds really interesting. I hope you'll get it soon :)

GABY said...

Wow, this one sounds amazing and intense!! I also like to read about WWII, I'm still horrified by some of the things that happened in that time.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

This does sound fascinating and it's new t me too! Thanks for sharing!

Bookworm1858 said...

I've never heard of this but think it sounds really cool. I love WWII stories and if this one is about survival, all the better!