Pam Jenoff has written another story set in the second world war. Noa is sixteen, and thrown out of her Dutch home by her parents. She finds shelter and a job cleaning at a railway station, when circumstances change and she is on the run. Taken in by a local circus, she meets Astrid, an aerial artist who has also lost her family, and helps to train the young girl and look after her.
This was a unique spin on a second world war friendship story, and I could see this easily being a movie, but although I could picture the world they lived in and the villages they visited, I somehow didn't get a clear picture of Noa and Astrid, they seemed a bit flat for me. 4/5