It took me a while longer to read this book than I expected, but I have finally finished it!
Mandy, I like what you said about courage. It seems that in many instances Antonina, Jan, and even little Rys all acted courageously in the face of danger. I can't fathom waking up each day not knowing if you are going to make it to the next. Bombs exploding nearby, airplanes flying overhead, everything you once knew being destroyed. Imagine standing bravely with your life on the line without even flinching. It was amazing how calmly Antonina acted in those situations and how quick she was to think of just the right thing to say. I don't know that I could have behaved so courageously, but I guess we never know what we are capable of until we are called to rise to the challenge.
I also enjoyed learning new facts about WWII. I had no idea that the Polish people were treated so awfully, and that it was not just the Jews and Gypsies who were so cruelly treated and murdered. The fact that someone's mind and ideas could be so twisted as to think that the human race needed to be cleansed. . . . And not just one person's mind, but many. Ideas are a very contagious thing, and the influence of one evil person can be far-reaching as we have learned from history.
Great book choice Mandy! I am excited for many more good books ahead!