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Goddamn creative teachers. Whatever happened to the 10-minute multiple-choice quiz followed by silent reading? The dreaded in-class essay, that’s what: “Re-write the ending of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Assume Peter lives. Where does he go? What does he do? Use two examples of alliteration, a simile, and a semicolon. Spelling counts.” Ellen Feldman rides out the A++ (with smiley face) received on the above ninth-grade English assignment in her new novel, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. The book shadows Peter Van Pels through his imagined survival from the attic annex to the free world/promised land, where, passing as a Christian, he re-invents himself amid the burgeoning excess of ’50s America. But the widespread publication of Anne Frank’s adolescent chronicle rocks his Tupperware-tight world, and the now-grown boy faces the daunting task of coming to terms with his past. Hope for a happier ending than the novel’s precursor’s when Feldman reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Kara McPhillips)