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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Where David Threw Stones by Elyse Hoffman is a work of historical fiction that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy stories that focus on the World War II era. David Saidel was ten years old when the murder of his parents by Neo-Nazis changed his life forever. Young David was sent to live with his Grandpa Ernst in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. Everything seems normal, but his grandfather has one strange rule: never go out after midnight. David’s life takes another turn when he breaks the rule to look for his missing dog and finds out that the town is under a terrible curse that causes it to exist in 1943 from midnight to sun up every day. Does David have what it takes to survive Hitler’s reign of terror and break the curse that plagues the town?
Where David Threw Stones by Elyse Hoffman is a well-written historical novel with content that intrigued me from outset. I have read plenty of World War II historical fiction, but this is the first one that involved a curse and time travel. I loved the way the author mixed the past and present with the curse. The author did an amazing job with not only David Saidel but also Maria Rahm. The two characters made the book something special with how they each had pasts that shaped them into the characters they became. I simply loved this book and I hope the author decides to write more historical fiction in the future.