Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran

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02_RIsking_ExposurePublication Date: September 2013
Formats: eBook, Paperback
186 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult

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Munich, 1938, Nazi Germany. War is on the horizon. A timid Hitler Youth member contracts polio. Photographs she takes of fellow polio patients are turned into propaganda, mocking people with disabilities. She is now an outsider, a target of Nazi scorn and possible persecution. Her only weapon is her camera.

This well-researched historical fiction novel unveils a seldom-seen side of the Nazi agenda. A sequel is in the works.

Sophie Adler is 14 years old and part of the Hitler Youth program. She's a photographer like her father and is given a camera so she can record events. Her father is a brave man who tells her to photograph the truth and it takes her a while to understand what that means.

She contracts polio and learns how some of the strong and able view the disabled. When one of her photos is used for propaganda, she figures out what her true purpose is and becomes determined to tell the truth the only way she knows how.

I loved Sophie! She's trusting and innocent in the beginning and her eyes are opened to the realities of what's happening around her. She shows courage and bravery in the face of seemingly impossible odds to do what she feels is the right thing. There are some great side characters that add to her story and she needs to decide who she can trust.

I enjoy WWII stories and thought this was a refreshing take since it dealt with the youth program that was in place and brings what was happening there to light. I was interested in Sophie's story the entire time but it moved quickly towards the end and that's when I couldn't put it down. I'm glad to hear there's a sequel because this book does end abruptly and there are lots of loose ends. I am definitely looking forward to reading more!

My Rating=4 Stars

Praise for Risking Exposure

“ engaging, well written, thought provoking book. It reminds us of the responsibility we have to one another.”

“The story is true to history and would be ideal for a classroom studying this time period.”

“ find yourself think thinking of the young character, Sophie, long after the last page.”

“... lets us see a world in which we know what happened, but Sophie does not yet. Our knowledge makes us want to read to the very last word--and wish the story would continue.”

“This book felt like I was reading a biography, the characters and story were all very real. Risking Exposure was certainly geared towards young adults, but this story captivated me from the beginning til the end - so it most certainly can hold the attention of an adult audience.”

“Ms. Moran is opening the door to this thought: if more (maybe only a handful more) people stood up and did small things too, could some of the awful suffering of this era been averted or lessened? And more poignantly, how about today? The book ratifies the importance of small actions done with love, bravery, and purpose.”

“Sophie is still on my mind days after finishing this book.”

”...the book was a beautiful collection of thoughts, historically accurate bits of data, and a easy read in terms of the flowing writing style, but deals with a lot of heavy topics in a censored way. This is definitely a great book to study, for school students, as it's written in a simplistic yet effective writing style, and provides a brilliant coming-of-age story for all types of audiences.”

“There is so much to talk about in Sophie's story - - what we accept as normal, what society thinks of its less able-bodied citizens, whether one person can really make a difference... we read it for our own book club discussion next month -- and we're all well past our teen-age years, so that shows the power of this small gem.”

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03_Jeanne MoranAbout the Author

Jeanne Moran reads and writes stories in which unlikely heroes make a difference in their corner of the world. In her everyday life, she strives to be one of them.

For more information visit Jeanne Moran's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Risking Exposure Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews
Spotlight & Excerpt at Shelf Full of Books

Tuesday, May 5
Spotlight at Cheryl's Book Nook

Wednesday, May 6
Review at Mel's Shelves
Spotlight & Excerpt at Historical Fiction Connection

Thursday, May 7
Spotlight at Broken Teepee

Friday, May 8
Review at Book Babe

Monday, May 11
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, May 12
Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Wednesday, May 13
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, May 14
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, May 15
Review at Genre Queen


Unknown said...

Ohhh, this sound so good. What a different take! Great review Mel!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for reviewing my book and letting Sophie into your heart! She and her friends are telling me their sequel. I'm taking dictation like a woman possessed...

Melanie said...

Yay, Jeanne! I'm glad to hear it!

Paij, this is a book you would enjoy!

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