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For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  907 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
From the Newbery Honor and Schneider Award-winning author of The War that Saved My Life comes For Freedom, the thrilling true story of one of France's youngest spies during World War II and perfect for fans of Code Name Verity and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Suzanne David's everyday life is suddenly shattered in 1940 when a bomb drops on the main square of her hometown, th
ebook, 192 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published May 13th 2003)
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This book was one of the first YA novels I ever read. I was twelve, and the graphic description of a woman's death near the beginning of the book traumatized me and gave me nightmares. Despite that rough start, I really did enjoy the book, and found it both thrilling and fascinating. The story was so vivid, remarkable, and well-told that it stuck with me for years, and I can hardly go a week without thinking about this book and the story it told. I have very strong associations with it, and even ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would love to give this 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 12 and up, but I can't. Unfortunately, in the beginning, there is a scene where a pregnant woman is killed during a bombing raid. The description is too gruesome and gory for any child to read. (If you want to know what happened, another review on goodreads tells the details.) Other than that one very gory paragraph, it was an excellent book. I so wish the author would have just said that the woman and her baby died and left it at ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BrBradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy. 181 p. Dell Laurel-Leaf. 2003. ISBN 978-0-440-41831-3.

Wow! For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy was incredibly suspenseful. The book is based on a true story.

Imagine you are a 13-year-old living in a French town and your walking downtown with your best friend. It’s May 29, 1940. A bomb falls right next to you and you see someone get killed. Your best friend is so traumatized from the event, she never speaks again.

Suzanne, th
Jul 30, 2013 Me rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These characters are amazing.

I've always loved spy stories and the action and unknown that goes on within them. They're delightful reads, and the previous times that I've read For Freedom that is what I noticed.

This time around I noticed something different though. The characters.

Of course I've seen them before, but what really took me away was my strength and perseverance.

Can we go through an occupation? The material means of one? Can we see our city slowly disappearing? Can we loose friends?
Mar 07, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a historical fiction book about a french girl named Suzanne David who has dreams of being a professional singer, until her life gets turned upside down. This book takes place in Cherbourg, France in 1940 during World War II. Suzanne is an every day girl, who one day gets an interesting offer. The town doctor, Dr. Leclerc asks Suzanne to deliver important messages to anonymous people. She immediately knew that these “messages” ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Dhove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandfather was recruited into the French Resistance in 1943. He was fourteen years old. Many of the details of life in the Resistance described in this book mirror the stories he has told.

My first instinct upon reading this book is to say that it is too sterilized and watered down in an effort to make it "appropriate" for children's lit. I have to remind myself that the girl in the story is sixteen - only slightly older than my grandfather was. The story could have been more graphic and mea
3.5 stars

Thirteen-year old Suzanne David of Cherbourg, France is concerned mainly with her music studies. She wants to be an opera singer as soon as she is old enough. Her best friend Yvette may tease her about music but Yvette understands Suzanne like no one else. They're only vaguely aware that France and England are at war with Germany. Then one terrible day, Suzanne's life changes forever. Suzanne must have the courage to deal with what comes and stay strong through the long years that follo
May 28, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that I got at some point from some person for my birthday or holiday, and then was promptly set on my bookshelf and forgotten. I can't even remember how long it has sat there gathering dust. Then, a couple of days ago, I found myself requiring a small book -- small books are rather hard to come by in my house; anything less than 300 pages never makes it to the cashier -- and voilà!

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy is a surprisingly gripping read. Although the wr
Seo Woo
Mar 03, 2012 Seo Woo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome!!! This book took place in World War II, about Nazis and Jews. The character in this book, Suzanne, is a real person, who went through all these events. Suzanne was a spy during the World War II. Her story is very interesting, and it makes you hook up to the story. This book made me nervous a lot, it made me scared when the characters were scared. It also made me sad, or happy, when the main character escaped through the traps of life. I really enjoy reading about the World ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book. It started out a little slow, but the ending half was definitely awesome. Historical fiction set in France based on the real story of Suzanne David, a teen opera singer who is also a spy - number 22. She passes important messages on for the Allies in Cherboug. The end was happy enough for Suzanne, but the harsh fates of others are a reminder of what war brings.
Patsi Trollinger
Nov 08, 2016 Patsi Trollinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
After hearing Kim Bradley speak at a conference, I wanted to read more of her books (Already admired Jefferson's Sons and The War That Saved My Life). This one was especially satisfying with the dramatic combination of war (WWII in France) and espionage intertwined with a family and teenage friendships. It is a fine read, presented as historical fiction but - as it turns out - a true story down to the names of most characters. The author has a immense gift for historical research and storytellin ...more
Feb 14, 2017 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book out loud to my nine-year-old son and we both really liked it. It wasn't quite as good as the author's other book, The War That Saved My Life, but still very well done. There was one graphic scene that I had to skip over with my son, but otherwise an appropriate story for older kids.
Nov 02, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and based on a true story. The author has written a compelling narrative about what was life in France for ordinary citizens during the German occupation in WWII.
Love it, a great book to read in an age of invisible oppression.
Jan 25, 2017 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good look at a teenage girl in the French Resistance.
Maya Watson
Jan 13, 2017 Maya Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I remember reading this book in 7th grade. I saw it in the library and was immediately drawn to it, especially Suzanne's interest in opera that I shared. Some people have mentioned the gruesome death of the pregnant women, but personally, at age 12, it did not scare or traumatize me. I think this is an important scene to understand terror and brutality of the war and without it, the book would be missing an important part. I really loved the book. It was interesting to read about a girl just lik ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Lexile range: 520L. This book is about a french family in Cherbourg during World War II. Suzanne David and her friend, Yvette, are outside when Nazi planes bomb their town, Cherbourg. Soon Suzanne decides to not let that event mess with her, but make her strong. This leads her to join the resistance (against Nazis) and become a spy. Her duties as a spy are to send encrypted messages to other spies. These spies, including Suzann ...more
Donna Bixby
Jan 02, 2017 Donna Bixby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this little story. Good for preteens.
Gage D.
Jan 28, 2015 Gage D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Good Reads
Suzanne was just a normal French girl living in Cherbourg, but on a warm sunny day on the beach she and her best friend witness history. Bombs rain down and kill a pregnant woman who was talking to them moments before. Suzanne and her best friend miraculously survive those bombs. Yvette, Suzanne’s best friend, is scarred for life. She will never talk to anyone again.
Cherbourg is then occupied by German soldiers. They also kick Suzanne out of their own home. They are forced t
Jan 27, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Time's 100 Best YA Books of All Time
I literally read this book bc it was on Time Magazine's 100 Best YA Books of All Time, which is a pretty thin recc for my usual standard, but boy, it did not disappoint
Review: I was really glad that this was made very clear that this was a fictionalized account of true story. otherwise it would have felt thin and not fleshed out enough, and maybe covering too long of a time period, but as an altered memoir it was really amazing. This is definitely a book you read for the plot, the charact
Nikki Trueblood
Jan 09, 2016 Nikki Trueblood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book begins when Suzanne, age 13, and her friend Yvette go down to the beach and barely escape being seriously hurt or killed in a bombing.Suzanne just wants to be an opera singer. But with WWII raging around her, it seems impossible. She goes to school and takes vocal lessons, and then she graduates. Suzanne immediately begins winning roles and consequently becomes obliged to run around town for rehearsals, costume fittings, and lessons. Her doctor notices this and asks her to become a spy ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the true story of Suzanne David, a teenager in Cherbourg, France, this is a first person narrative of a teenager turned Resistance spy. Suzanne is an aspiring opera singer who isn't that caught up in current events until Cherbourg beach is bombed while she's sitting on it. She watches one of her neighbors blow up and her best friend never recovers from the experience. Her strength in such an ordeal and the fact that her singing takes her throughout northern France leads the local resist ...more
Christie Bane
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Julie recommended this book, and my nifty public library got it for me on interlibrary loan. It's an interesting story and would make a great companion to Number the Stars, as it tells the story of a French Catholic teenager and her family who live in Cherbourg, France, during WWII. Her father ends up working for the Nazis, running the railroad, despite the fact that the family all opposes the Nazis. The main character, Suzanne, is a gifted singer, and ends up being recruited to carry messages f ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Yana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a 13 year-old girl named Suzanne,who experiences World War II as her town of Cherbourg,France is bombed and occupied by Nazis. Her family is forced out of their home to live in an apartment with barely enough food to servive. Through it all she refuses to give in to fear.She meets a man, a French Resistance who asks Suzanne to be a spy. Suzanne becomes number 22, passing out codes with messages hidden in them.
Based on a true story, Suzanne tries very hard to help the peopl
Eunhyeok Kwon
Jan 26, 2016 Eunhyeok Kwon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a thirteen-year-old girl, Suzanne, who lived in Cherbourg during World War II. A disaster happened, one day, when she was having a walk with her friend. The Nazi airplanes suddenly appeared and dropped bombs in the town. Soon, the Nazi army came and occupied the town. Later, she became a spy and the story tells how she fought for her country.
I gave a rating of four stars for this book. The author used many descriptive words to describe an event and I really enjoyed reading it
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
Really kind of astonishing. It reaffirms that World War Two had -- well -- individuals in the middle of the cauldron, that tried to keep on with their lives and even stood up and worked for their future lives at a great expense, and that civilians were spies and not just the valiant people of the SOE and OSS and the other agencies in the world, and that they went on with their lives afterwards. Well. It's very peculiar.

As a book and not a biography, it is too short and simplistic in detail, but
Snigdha Rayala
Sep 23, 2014 Snigdha Rayala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book"For Freedom:The Story of a French Spy" is a captivating book for anyone who has loved other books about Nazi and Nazi Germany. This is especially for people who have loved books about victims of the holocaust(such as The diary of A young Girl). I personally loved this book because there was a good amount of suspense as to what would happen.
"For Freedom:The Story of a French Spy" is about a french girl named Suzanne David who become a part of the french resistance as a spy. No one know
Haley Wilkie
Mar 31, 2016 Haley Wilkie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"For Freedom: The Story Of A French Spy" was in my opinion, an amazing informational story. I absolutely loved it and I would definitely reccomend this to those who really love HIstorical Fiction.
This book is suspenseful, heart warming, and tragic (at times). Suzanne Hall, has been through so much the first couple chapters, but feel better. She tries to help her friend, but nothing seems to be working. Not even her friends Mother tries helping. There were moment Suzanne thought her friend was r
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I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1967, very near the small town that was the setting for my first book, Ruthie's Gift. I attended Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in chemistry just a few weeks before I married my high school sweetheart--Bart Bradley.

I studied chemistry in college because that was what I most loved to learn, but it's not what
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