The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker tells the story of strength, love, and acceptance of 17-year-old Lena Altmann and her journey through Germany. Lena lost her parents in a factory explosion and after that instance, she was entered into a psychiatric hospital to deal with the trauma. Life for Lena was never the same after that. Her eyes finally opened to the real world and what was actually happening in 1980s Germany during that time (Communism). The only joy she has ever had after that traumatic event was spending time with her Uncle Erich. But when he suddenly goes missing, everything for Lena changes once again and she knows she has to be the one looking for him. Weaving in and out of the German Democratic Republic, facing communists, and corruption within the German government had only made Lena the strongest she was been after her parent's death. My favorite character is Lena herself because of the way she was able to handle the tough and traumatic situations she was forced to be reckoned with. I think that she can show other young girls not to be afraid to stand up for what is right even when it's scary. This book also serves as a way for readers to receive a different perspective about Germany during the Cold War and the harsh treatment the Germans received. The title of the book relates to the story in the sense that Lena and the other Germans were always being watched. The “house” is the government/Germany while the “one thousand eyes” were members of the communist party and spies all around them.
Submitted by P. Z.