For the first book of 2011 I chose to read “The True Story of Hansel & Gretel” by Louise Murphy. Now do not let the title fool you. It’s not actually a true story but Louise Murphy took the fairytale and weaved it into a story about World War 2 in Poland. There are true parts to the story but the story itself is not true.
Here is the synopsis from goodreads.com:
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed “Hansel” and “Gretel.” They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called “witch” by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.