I found the next book at the thrift store: Memories of Anne Frank Reflections of a Childhood Friend by Alison Leslie Gold. Written I think for older kids in mind, I found it provocative. I felt I learned much more about Anne Frank and her life prior to her hiding from the Nazi's in Amsterdam. And of those times. Told from the prospective of her close girlhood friend, Hannali. This was a good read after reading The Book Thief. It filled in more gaps. It's hard to say you LIKE a book about the holocaust, but it's important to me that they are written and are a part of always remembering and not forgetting that it happened in hopes that it never happens again. I recommend it. Published by Scholastic.
So now you are up to date on my reading marathon. Next book? Not sure. I have a huge pile as we went to a lot of thrift stores on our trip and I got a lot of books. I will let you know. And if perchance you have read any of these or do in the future I'd love to hear your take on them.