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Eva Underground

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  237 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The year 1978 has been a pretty good one for Eva Lott. She has a terrific best friend, she's dating the best-looking guy in school, and she just made the varsity swim team. So when her widowed dad says it's time for them to move, she's not exactly thrilled. And when he tells her that he intends to move to Communist Poland to help with a radical underground movement . . . W ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 23, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
I first read EVA UNDERGROUND back in January of 2007. It had been out about a year at that point and so it's certainly not an older book, but it is very underrepresented in my opinion. I can no longer remember exactly where I heard about it and I'm pretty sure I picked it up based on the strength of the cover alone. Take a look at that baby. Just gorgeous. And an actual scene from the book--one of my very favorite things. The fact that it was YA historical fiction set during the late 1970s in Co ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Tasha rated it it was ok
It's 1978 and Poland is still under communism's reign. The militia control everything from food to religion. How does this relate to American girl Eva Lott? Well her father has decided to uproot her from her perfect life in Chicago to a small village in Poland in order for him to lead an underground newspaper. Eva is devastated. She doesn't want to leave her amazing best friend and her awesome boyfriend, plus she just earned a spot on the varsity swim team. Eva is furious that her father won't l ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it
Wow -- this is a really well done, really inventive story. It's the late seventies, and Eva Lott and her father head to Poland to help a group of students and a subversive Catholic priest set up an underground publishing group. They learn how dangerous life is for the average Pole, and they learn what it means to be without the most basic freedoms. But what I think the book's real strength lies in Mackall's ability to create interesting situations, and feelings -- the relationships don't feel li ...more
Liz B
Aug 19, 2014 Liz B rated it really liked it
This is a really good YA that has somehow been overlooked/ missed. I bought it a few years ago just based on the strength of the premise: an American girl goes to live in Communist Poland in 1978. Talk about unusual.

So I just got around to reading it myself--a colleague read it and liked it, and the kids have been liking it. And now I think we might need to buy out Amazon because I'm guessing it's out of print, since it never came out in paperback. And it should have!

The details of setting are f
Danielle D'Ambrosio
Feb 23, 2016 Danielle D'Ambrosio rated it really liked it
Eva underground, written by Dandi Daley Mackall, is a story set in 1978 Poland. Eva Lott, the 18 year-old main character, is dating the best-looking guy in school, and she just made the varsity swim team. So when her widowed father tells her its time to move, she is not happy. (pg 2) It says "of course she wasn't all right". Eva wasn't just angry, but she was also very scared while driving through the gates with her father. The guards had machine guns and were worried about their own people esca ...more
Jun 19, 2007 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
YA book. Interesting look at communist Poland right before John Paul II became pope. I wanted it to be a little more in-depth, but it was just right for a young adult book.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Eva Underground by Dandi Daley Mackall takes us back to Communist Poland. Our main character, Eva, and her father travel there from Chicago because Eva's father wants to help the radical underground movement. Eva is angry and afraid - she has no desire to be a part of the group or be anywhere but home with her friends in Chicago. Slowly but surely, she becomes immersed in her surroundings and begins to understand the importance of what her father and his friends are trying to accomplish. She als ...more
Nov 13, 2009 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it it was amazing
It's 1978 and Eva Lott is just your average American teenager getting ready to start her senior year of high school. That is, until her dad drags her kicking and screaming to Communist Poland. He wants to help the local people with a radical underground literacy movement and Eva soon becomes a part of that world. She learns that the average Pole does not have basic freedoms and that their daily lives are downright dangerous at times. Forget about good old American pepperoni pizza, rock-n-roll an ...more
Sarah Snyder
Jun 22, 2010 Sarah Snyder rated it it was amazing
I only recently came across this book - I read about it at Angieville, where she featured it as a retro friday pick. I immediately ordered it from amazon. In the meantime I got a jump start on the book at google books. As soon as my copy arrived I tore into the book, I finished it that night. I cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about this book. I had not really heard much about the subject matter (1970's Poland) and I found myself fascinated with the new world in which Eva finds ...more
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
My Review: I know the last few posts have been about movies so it's time for me to change things up a bit and review a book that I recently finished reading. Eva Underground is a young adult novel that is quite different from the norm. Or at least in my reality it is. I know the book was published back in 2006 but it seems in recent years that most YA novels are focused on vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and fairies (you get the point). While I love a good paranormal/supernatural story like the ne ...more
Laura (booksnob)
May 21, 2008 Laura (booksnob) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Recommended to Laura (booksnob) by: Libby
Eva is a typical American teen whose father makes a radical decision to move them to Communist Poland in the 1970's. This is a glimpse inside the world of communism in Poland when they were fighting for freedom and hope. Where small groups of people fought for small changes. I personally related to the story because I grew up in the 70's and am of Polish heritage. I remember when Pope John Paul the second became Pope but I had no idea the amount of hope he represented to his people in Poland. It ...more
Apr 23, 2010 Misti rated it liked it
I liked this book. It's definitely YA and includes a sweet love story, but there's nothing wrong with that. I know very little about the time period (Poland, 1978) as I was very young then, but my favorite books are always those that show me different times and places that I will never experience in real life. Short book, and worth the couple hours it took to read.
Jun 24, 2011 MariaFernanda rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book for its plot! The writing isn't anything particularly unique or reflective, but the plot is certainly charming. This is the only Dandi Mackall book that I like and I think it is because of the unique historical elements mixed with themes of family and some love! When I finished this novel, I was in a very happy mood!!
Sep 09, 2010 Shaylyn rated it it was amazing
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Joy Marie
Mar 30, 2009 Joy Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book gave a great look into routine life in communist Poland. The author did a great job of making the reader really understand what the people of Poland had to go through, and how they survived the opression. The love story was also sweet, and it was nice to see the changes in Eva!
Oct 14, 2013 Criss added it
Great historical fiction that explores a time period seldom covered in young adult literature; Poland's fight for independence from the USSR. Told with an eye to specific details that underscores the author's personal involvement with the subject matter.
the premise of this book sounded really good- teen girl accompanies widowed father to poland in the late 70s- but it is not capturing my attention at all.

bad luck with books involving communism lately.
Apr 04, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
great descriptions of the author's experiences behind the iron curtain many years ago- fiction, but the experiences are real. Great read for ages 12 and up!
Laura Bonham
Aug 04, 2013 Laura Bonham rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic book! I was not expecting all of the religious persecution and I really enjoyed the details and the history in the book.
Oct 21, 2011 Abigail rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book. It's easy for me to connect with Eva because we're nearly the same when it comes to personality.
Aug 22, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it
It is a young adult historical fiction with a little dash of christian fiction (very little...but it's there).
Angela Sellers
Apr 30, 2009 Angela Sellers rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
I know that the cover looks like a romance book, but trust me, it wasn't. It was rising up against communist leaders.
Megan Sturm
Mar 12, 2012 Megan Sturm rated it it was amazing
First read this book when I was in high school and fell in love with it. Definitely one of my favorites.
Nov 27, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
YA, Historical fiction, Poland behind the Iron Curtain, Catholicism, Priests, resistance to communism
Sabrina Detchon
May 03, 2016 Sabrina Detchon rated it really liked it
A cute story. A little too predictable, but insightful into the political history of Poland.
Feb 03, 2009 Dana rated it it was amazing
Confusing beginning but I guess it is supposed to be a very good book.
Brianne Mize
Jan 07, 2013 Brianne Mize rated it it was amazing
Loved every moment I opened it.
May 05, 2010 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: suckers
Reminder to self: page 85
Jan 22, 2009 Athena rated it it was amazing
too short. = (
Jan 22, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Good story.
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A professional writer for over 20 years, Dandi Daley Mackall has written dozens of articles for popular magazines and published around 500 books for children and adults alike, with sales of over 4 million.

A frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, she lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, horses, dogs, & cats. Awards include the Edgar Award for Best YA Mystery, the H
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