What a sad story. Anna’s young life is turned upside down, when her father is taken away by German soldiers. As a 7-year-old she doesn’t know what to do. No one claims her. When a man speaks to her, she sees him as the adult she needs and follows him. Reluctantly he takes her along as they roam Poland during World War II. The reader never learns the Swallow Man’s name, only that he loves birds. Anna ages as the war progresses. The story gets darker and after the death of a Jewish rabbi they befriend and a doctor makes Anna strip in order to get medicine, the loss of innocence in war is made clear. This story is one that would make a good book club choice. There’s a lot of meaning that could be pulled from the literal text.

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