“The Alphabet House” reviewed by Lauren Beadle

The Alphabet House, a historical fiction novel written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, follows the adventures of two British pilots that were sent to capture photographs of Dresden, Germany.

Throughout the novel, the author captures the adventures of James Teasdale and Brian Young, the two British pilots. Their mission was to prove that Germany was building new factories. Their plane was shot down, and they were soon jumping aboard a train after realizing there were Germans in pursuit of them. They brought the pilots to the mental hospital called the Alphabet House. There they would receive daily shock treatments and new drugs, but in order for them to survive, they must fake insanity.

I really enjoyed The Alphabet House because of my interest in World War II. I highly recommend this book to anyone with the same interest, and I believe it to be one of the best novels I have read.

Lauren Beadle is a graduating senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She will be attending Centenary College of Louisiana where she will major in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Med. She enjoys playing softball and being with her family and friends.Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.

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