The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman Picador, $90 Three books about Anne Frank, probably the Holocaust's most famous victim, were published back to back recently. The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank is the most daring, but Ellen Feldman has had to pay for her audacity. In imagining what might have happened to the boy who spent two years holed up in an Amsterdam attic with the 13-year-old Jewish girl, she turned off potential readers who were uncomfortable about the manipulation of this episode in history. In her version, the boy, Peter van Pels (who died in a concentration camp on May 5, 1945), survives and goes to live in the US with a new name. Not even his wife knows his true identity. But when Frank's diary is published in 1952, Peter finds that his character has become public property, and he succumbs to a disorder that requires psychiatric help. Among those unconvinced by Feldman's use of Frank's legacy was The Washington Post, which said Peter was 'a tool of the author's agenda'. The Jerusalem Post felt otherwise: 'In imagining an adulthood that never happened, the author highlights the tragedy of a young life brutally cut short.'