Synopses & Reviews
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel". They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children. Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy's haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel tells a resonant, riveting story.
"Lyrical, haunting, unforgettable." ---Kirkus Starred Review
In Louise Murphy's riveting novel, two Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland must hide with a "witch" in a forest under their new identities—Hansel and Gretel. Contains mature themes.
About the Author
Award-winning author Louise Murphy has written numerous poems and articles, which have been published in many journals and magazines. She is the author of The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, The Sea Within, and My Garden: A Journal for Gardening around the Year. Louise lives in Northern California.Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred audiobooks to his credit. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. A professional actor, Michael is currently a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife.