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First time reading anything by Nancy McDonald, and I was not disappointed. I am adding this to my kids’ summer reading list. Girl On the Run is a short read with discussion questions towards the end of the book, which I love.

This story is about a teen girl named Amelie and how life is changing around her in Berlin, Germany. Amelie goes through a lot for someone her age. The toughest of all had to be finding out her deceased mother was Jewish during a time when Jews were not accepted. To add insult to injury (or however the saying goes), her father has decided to remarry a woman he has only known a week or so.

It was tough to read emotionally. Amelie finding out she is half Jewish, upset because she can’t join some summer group her friends are because it is a Nazi hate group (she does not understand what a Nazi is), and her father is hardly explaining to her why. Her school decided to switch up the curriculum, and her old teacher quit (or was let go) because he did not agree with it. The new teacher is hateful and cruel. He picks on his students, the ones he thinks are Jewish. He calls them names and reminds them they are not part of the German master race.

The guy she crushes on does not like Jews. Her best friend Elke is a prime example of Aryan, tall, blonde, and blue eyed. Her stepmother does not like her or her sister. Eva (stepmother) was pure evil. She hated the girls because they were Jewish but claimed to love their father. How can you love a man and not accept his kids?

This book was amazing, and Amelie is a smart girl. She quickly learns that the world around her is changing, not for the better, and adapts the best way she can. Her strength and courage shine so brightly in this book. She found a safe place for her and her sister to go to. The ending was bittersweet, but it was for the best.

I began my career as a journalist on television programs that include W5Canada AM and Marketplace, before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books.

My first full-length novel, Boy from Berlin, was published in May, 2018. The much-anticipated sequel, One Boy’s War, came out April 29, 2020. My latest novel, Girl on the Run, hit booksellers on September 9, 2021.

I love in Stratford, Ontario, where I revel in Shakespeare, tread the boards with Perth County Players and work part time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.



  1. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Girl on the Run and are adding it to your kids’ summer reading list! I hope your followers consider doing the same. I’m looking forward to your review of The Doktor’s Daughter, which continues Amelie’s story.

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