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Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-ww2, juv
Recommended for: Cheryl, Deborah, Valerie
Read in July, 2011

Gustave and his parents leave Paris for a small village just before the Nazis invade France. They hope that their safety will be ensured in a back-of-beyond, dusty little town, but they are Jewish and everyone around them is Catholic. Gustave misses his friends and his old life, and even though Saint-Georges is in the unoccupied zone, it seems that any day the Germans will discover the Jews in their midst. With family still in Paris, Gustave's family is not yet able to flee to America--but fortunately, Gustave's friend Nicole and her father operate a local resistance effort, and can help. The author bases her tale on family history, and it's a good one. Solid historical fiction with enough suspense and danger to keep kids turning the pages. An interesting historical note tells readers that the chateau of Chenonceau is a real place, straddling the Cher river, and played a part in helping the resistance, as Jews could cross from occupied France to the free zone through the castle. Check out the amazing photos on the Internet. Upper elementary.

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