I’m so pleased with how the author handled the ending of book 35. I can’t use “happy about” because no reader can be happy about a book that is so brutally honest about such a violent and frighteningly real historical event, even if the main characters were fictitious. Instead, I admire the author’s effort in keeping the integrity of the telling — in maintaining true to the characters and their personalities and in giving the readers some thing to hopeful and to hold on to at the very end. This is truly powerful. (I wish the cover design had lured me in a lot earlier and would make my task of recommending the book to young readers easier…. alas, that is not quite the case!)