Because, it's the war. There are so many professed history experts on the war, and I'm not one of them.
I read books, watched movies, listened to my in-laws stories who were children at the time, read more books, researched on-line and finally this September, I visited the two cities this story takes place in, Nuremberg and Passau.
I think it's ready. This cover has been ready for over a year. I love it. It's perfect.
PLAYING WITH MATCHES is not meant to be a historical text (though I did my best to be as authentic as possible). It's a character study about a group of kids forced to grow up, in fact, give up their childhoods, during a horrific time of history.
It also ends with hope, so don't be afraid to read it. :)