by Jane Yolen
adolescent fiction? (officially Sci Fi)
This is an interesting melding of Sleeping Beauty and the concentration camps of WWII. It is about a woman whose grandmother's dying breath is a declaration that she (grandmother) is Briar Rose . The woman decides to find out why she said that, and her search leads her to Poland and the extermination camps.
I really like this. It was a quick read, and it was very clever. It was not very light hearted, but it wasn't too depressing. The way that the legend of Briar Rose fit with WWII was really well thought out. There was a brief paragraph about gay sex, but it was short and not very graphic.
I recommend this book.