Walter is a six-year-old child when he is forced into hiding with his Jewish family during the Second World War. His perspective changes as he begins to understand the dangers and imminent threats during the war, also appreciating the risks those took who had helped to save his life and the lives of many others. As this true story continues to unfold, readers can begin to comprehend what Walter had to experience as he recounts his stories to his granddaughter through letters and personal reflections. The content in this historical narrative is suitable as a bridge between elementary and secondary levels since it could be used in both contexts. In the classroom, “When We Were Shadows” is appropriate as a class novel study or in literature circles to explore narrative voice, point of view, theme, and conflict. Additionally, the novel humanizes a personal narrative of World War II, allowing students to reflect on their own personal and cultural identities. Log in to read the full review.