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The House by the Lake

The House by the Lake

Published: 3 Sep 2020

Hardback, 48 pages

Recommended for age 7+ , 9+ and 11+

By Thomas Harding

Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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A beautiful picture-book adaptation of Thomas Harding's Costa-shortlisted biography for adults, exquisitely illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. On the outskirts of Berlin, a wooden cottage stands on the shore of a lake. Over the course of a century, this little house played host to a loving Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, wartime refugee experience and a Stasi informant: in that time, a world war came and went, and the Berlin Wall was built a stone's throw from the cottage's back door.

Thomas Harding first shared this remarkable story in his Costa-shortlisted biography The House by the Lake - now he has rendered it into a deeply moving picture-book for young readers. With words that read like a haunting fairy-tale, and magnificent artwork by Britta Teckentrup, this is the astonishing true story of the house by the lake.

Tagged Berlin , buildings and architecture , Cold War , Germany , The Holocaust , time , top pick and war and conflict

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Holocaust Memorial Day pack is an easy-purchase pack of books to support this topic. In accordance with guidance from the Holocaust Education Centre, we have chosen books that are rooted in fact, either nonfiction or true stories. Books can be purchased individually.

  • The House by the Lake
  • On the Move: Poems About Migration
  • The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II
  • The Boy Who Didn't Want to Die
  • After the War
  • Hana's Suitcase
  • Anne Frank
  • Fritz and Kurt