In 1939, a very young girl encounters a mysterious man on the streets of Kraków. Without family to turn to, she teams up with this "Swallow Man" to try to survive horrors orchestrated by the invading Russian and German armies. Anna's fearlessness, ignorance, and willful belief in magic will consume readers--even as her trust in the world she has imagined leads her into danger.
There is no doubt in my mind that Anna and the Swallow Man is one of the most sophisticated and fully-realized works of historical young adult fiction since The Book Thief. Allow yourself the opportunity to read it all in one sitting; you will be reminded why you pick up books at all.
~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo