Book Review | Resistance Book 1
by Carla Jablonski

Score: 3

Art by Leland Purvis

Color by Hilary Sycamore

© 2010, :01/ First Second.

In this exciting and emotionally powerful graphic novel set in France during World War II, three young people get involved in the French Resistance. Paul and his sister, Marie, must shepherd their Jewish friend, Henri, to a safe house in Paris to meet his parents who have been rescued from the Nazis by the Resistance and are on their way out of the country.

The story is engaging and well told. Several plot twists cause a paniced moment or two, but everything works out in the end as would be expected in a book for children. The illustrations are detailed enough to get the story across, yet not so detailed as to make a young reader ill with the reality of the Nazi’s actions or what actually took place during the war years.

There seems to be a movement toward books about individuals and groups who helped the Jews and others who were persecuted by the Nazis. It is good to know that those people existed who would risk their lives for a friend or family member.

Grade Level: 6th-12th

Ages: 11-18

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