This is very a timely read, one about warring countries and what that means for people on both sides. I easily fell in love with the smart and caring protagonist, Mathilde, wanting the best for her and her family while also wanting a better life for her supposed enemy- a POW named Rainer. And I have no doubt that Mathilde would hope for that very reaction. At one point she says, "This was the world I was building. Where people didn't think only of the people they loved, but of the others, too." Middle grade teachers should snatch this up for classroom use. It approaches a heavy topic in a super accessible way and is absolutely ripe for discussion.