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*Starred Review* Both authoritative and accessible, this small square book, published in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and translated from the Dutch, offers the feel of an intense museum visit. Short quotes from Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, printed in bold type, are interspersed throughout the clear narrative, which covers both World War II history and the Frank family's personal story. The heavily illustrated pages feature news photos of Nazi train transports and concentration camps, including Auschwitz, where Anne died; pages from Frank's scrapbook, featuring pictures of herself, her family, and the movie stars she loved; excerpts from the Diary, in Frank's handwriting; and photos of the Secret Annex, including the movable bookcase that hid the entrance and the now-empty rooms, stripped of furnishings as the Nazi raid left them; still visible, though, are the lines scratched on the wall where Frank's parents marked her height as she grew up in hiding. Readers will be enthralled by the intimate details and by the ongoing mystery of who betrayed the family, and they will want to talk about the heartbreaking quote from Otto Frank, who, after reading the Diary, realized that he never knew his daughter. With the additions of a map, a bibliography, and historical notes, this is a must for Diary readers and for the Holocaust curriculum.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist