How can such an enchanting story leave me so haunted? I didn't know anything about this book except that it occurs during World War 2 and I assumed it was merely historical fiction, which given the subject matter is heavy enough. I'd had it on my to be read list for months when I saw it at the library and checked it out.
Throughout the book, you hear two stories that of the occupation of the Land of the Dolls and that of occupied Poland. They begin to be eerily similar, and Karolina (the magical doll) is nervous about the safety of the doll maker, (German-born, Polish citizen Cyryl Brzezick). And the other human friends that she has come to love.
As you may expect with a story set in this period some, characters get happy endings while others bravely sacrifice themselves for others. Like a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, the end will leave you in tears.
I'd put it in the older Middle-Grade age group for that reason. As always with a quality story, adults and YA readers may want to pick this up as well. I could see middle grade and high school students having some lively discussions while reading this. I'm adding it to my list of living books in the World War 2 category.
Please note that I borrowed this book from my library without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
The Dollmaker of Krakow By R.M. Romero