Where David Threw Stones

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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 27 Sep 2022

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"Welcome to the Brennenbach of Midnight! The Curse Hours have begun."

West Germany, 1968

When ten-year-old David Saidel's parents are murdered by Neo-Nazis, he is sent to live with his grandfather in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. David, miserable and lonely, finds solace in his kindly Grandpa Ernst, who has one strict rule: never go out after midnight.

One night, when David breaks curfew to search for his missing dog, he discovers why Ernst is so serious about his curfew: Brennenbach is cursed. When midnight strikes, the town is thrown back to 1943, the height of Hitler's reign.

During the Curse Hours, the Nazi ghosts that infest Brennenbach are just as dangerous as they were in life. They're hunting for David because they think David is the last remaining member of the Kogan family. Whatever happened to the Kogans caused the Curse, and David and his grandfather won't be safe until he finds a way to end it.

Through the help of a little girl named Maria Rahm, the daughter of a vicious Nazi Lieutenant, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the Kogans.

Can he end the Curse that plagues the town of Brennenbach before it claims another victim?

This spellbinding Historical WW2 Fantasy Novel is a story of a ten-year-old boy's loss, redemption, and ultimate courage. Award-winning author Elyse Hoffman has crafted an expertly woven tale of World War II's horrors. This thrilling story is perfect for readers of Marcus Zusak's "The Book Thief." 

"Welcome to the Brennenbach of Midnight! The Curse Hours have begun."

West Germany, 1968

When ten-year-old David Saidel's parents are murdered by Neo-Nazis, he is sent to live with his grandfather in...


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Elyse Hoffman has a great writing style for a historical WW2 novel and can create a great character development. I was invested in what was going on in the plot of the book and enjoyed going through this book. It was a beautifully done story and thought David was the perfect main character and I really felt for him. I look forward to reading more from Elyse Hoffman.

“I’ll be okay, Opa!” David insisted. “I need to get back to Alfons! Please go to sleep like normal, okay? I’ll feel worse if you...don’t get sleep or hurt your health.”

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Fantastic insight to the way people lived and thought during that Second World War. Well written this book centres on the life of one boy called David and his journey.
Great read

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Where David Threw Stones
Pub Date 27 Sep 2022
The Book Whisperer
General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Teens & YA


I am reviewing a copy of Where David Threw Stones through The Book Whisperer and Netgalley:


This book will transport you back to West Germany in 1968.


After ten year old David Saidel's parents are murdered by Neo-Nazis, he is sent to live with his grandfather in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. David, miserable and lonely, finds solace in his kindly Grandpa Ernst, who has one strict rule: never go out after midnight.



When David breaks curfew to search for his missing dog, he discovers why Ernst is so serious about his curfew: Brennenbach is cursed. When midnight strikes, the town is thrown back to 1943, the height of Hitler's reign.




During the Cursed Hours the Nazi ghosts that infest Brennenbach are just as dangerous as they were in life. They're hunting for David because they think David is the last remaining member of the Kogan family. Whatever happened to the Kogans caused the Curse, and David and his grandfather won't be safe until he finds a way to end it.



Through the help of a little girl named Maria Rahm, the daughter of a vicious Nazi Lieutenant, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the Kogans.
Can he end the Curse that plagues the town of Brennenbach before it claims another victim?


If you are looking for a unique fantasy novel then I highly recommend Where David Threw Stones€!


Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

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“Where David Threw Stones” by Elyse Hoffman is a fantasy/historical fiction novel. David is a Jewish boy living in a very Anti-Semitic town in West Germany in 1968. His grandfather tells him not to go out past curfew, so of course, he does it. What follows is a whirlwind. David is transported back to 1943 where Hitler is still in power. Nazi ghosts roam and they are out to get David.
I appreciated the research that went into this novel. However, toying with history and fantasy is a fine line. I can’t say too much without having spoilers. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I would like to read more by this author because I enjoy her writing style. I received a complimentary copy of the book from The Book Whisperer through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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In a time when being honest and true to yourself can cost you your life could make you question who you are, who your true family is, and force you into hiding. David didn't. He didn't hide. He didn't question what he believed. He didn't question his Jewish heritage. He did question the hatred he was shown while believing he deserved the pain of that hatred. hen he was finally shown friendship, he hung onto that bit of love and acceptance when everything told him to run.

In a town with terrible secrets, David showed love, faith, and a determination to prove the hate in the town was wrong. When he discovered the secret of the town and a way to begin healing the people who lived in the town, he discovered a horrible secret about his family. He didn't step back and question what he should do. He knew how to bring about change, a change that would cost him what he thought he knew. He fought for the change knowing it was what needed to be done. What he found on the other side was the truth behind the hatred of the town he lived in and the truth behind his family. He also found acceptance, love, and a grandfather's secret.

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