Recently I ran across a clipping from the Deseret News about this book and decided to send for it since Masterpiece Theatre is going to do Anne Frank's story this year and our book club is picking books soon. This isn't a story of Anne Frank perse. It is told by an old man recounting the horrors of the German Occupation of Amsterdam during WWII when he was a boy. Who was Anne Frank's betrayer? Can hunger cancel out compassion? This book is a fascinating look at an adolecents desire to understand human suffering as experienced in his family's war time deprivation and his intense need to be accepted by his father. The writing style is wonderfully rich in detail, comfortable, breezy and a little irreverant at times. It is 200 quick, compelling pages that I couldn't put down. It left me with lots to think about. I highly recommend it.