The Last Year of the War

The Last Year of the War

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.

The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.




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    The Last Year of the War Reviews

  • Angela M

    2.5 stars rounded upI wanted to read this because of the importance of the subject matter. The internment of innocent people, many of whom were America citizens during WWII and the affect of that on f...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    As soon as I found out that Ms. Meissner had a new novel coming out, I was very excited to receive an arc to review. I’ve been looking forward to this one. I’m sorry to say that I was disappointed...

  • Susanne  Strong

    2.75 Stars* (rounded up) Have you ever waited with bated breath for an author’s new book to come out only to be disappointed? Unfortunately, that happened to me with Susan Meissner’s new novel “...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicio...

  • Holly  B

    A story of two girls that began a long friendship during World War II when their families were sent to an internment camp.Elise Sontag was German-American and her friend, Mariko Inoue, was Japanese-A...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Susan Meissner’s characterization continues to be tops. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Elise Sontag is a fourteen-year-old growing up in Iowa in the early 1940s. The war is in full swing, and she knows it, but she...

  • Katie B

    I love how this historical fiction book explored the topic of internment camps in World War 2 as it's something you don't see very often in the genre. To be quite honest it's basically a "let's just p...

  • Brandice

    In The Last Year of the War, Elise Sontag is a 14 year old living in Iowa when her German father is arrested for allegedly being a Nazi sympathizer. Elise, her mother, and brother are eventually reuni...

  • Berit???

    A heartbreaking tale about the atrocities of war, and one girl who never allowed the cruelty of war to break her spirit! It never ceases to amaze me how tragic, horrifying, and devastating war is! Th...

  • Diane S ?

    I loved her last book, but will this one I had trouble. What I likedIt started out strong, an elderly Elise, suffering from Alzheimers, gives it a name. Thought that was inventive.The way she found wi...