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Cross My Heart

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  342 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Brussels, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Nicole watches as the Nazis invade Belgium. Determined not to stand by as her country is brought to its knees, Nicole vows to fight back and joins the Belgian Resistance. Under her new alias - Coco - Nicole embarks on a dangerous new life as a spy, where the only question is not if you'll be caught, but when...
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Corgi Childrens
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Aleida Oskam
Actual rating: 4,5 stars

Wat een prachtig boek is dit over de tweede wereldoorlog. Ik kon mijzelf goed inleven in de personages en de gebeurtenissen die zij mee maakte. En aan het einde stroomde de tranen over mijn wangen. Een prachtig fictief verhaal gebaseerd op ware gebeurtenissen. Een echte aanrader als je geïnteresseerd ben in de Tweede Wereldoorlog
Eric Boot
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will be literature within 10 years time! Certainly, this was really good stuff. I rarely read books related to WorldWar II, so this one came as a big surprise. Initially, my thoughts were more like 'Will I like it, will it just be a typical book about war, or will it be different?'. But only after 20 pages already, I was convinced to read it until the last page.

The main character is Nicole; 15 years old and living in Brussels. Nicole has a boyfriend whose name is Anton. Together with
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Femke
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mijn verstand zegt 4 sterren, mijn gevoel wil er misschien wel 5. Nog even denken over de precieze waardering, maar één ding staat vast: dit boek is een aanrader!!
Marjolein
I couldn't talk for at least 10 minutes when I closed this book.. I recommend this book to anyone! WOW...
Linda
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
edit: 4.5 sterren
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Na een kwartier lelijk huilen in een hoekje weer tevoorschijn gekomen. Wat een einde.
Sanne
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cross my heart is an amazing book by Carmen Reid. It came out in the Netherlands a view days ago, I got it yesterday and I've already finished it.

Cross my heart is not just an ordinary book about World War II. I always thought those history books were boring, but this book is the opposite of boring.
It's about love, being brave, protecting your family and your country.
When you start reading you won't be able to stop, something Carmen herself warned me for: "Don't stay up all night" she tweeted
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Sandra
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii-fiction
Finally a book about resistance during WWII not set in France. They are always set in France but not this time, even better they are set in my own Belgium. Well written, realistic, etc. all the ingredients for a wonderful book. If you buy it then it will be money well spend and worthy of several rereadings.
Jessica☆
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book, so heartbreaking.
Ajita
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blossom-books, 2015
The Germans have invaded Belgium. Nicole’s father is arrested because he was a member of the resistance during World War I. The brother of her best friend Anton is sent to a labor camp. The conditions are getting worse. Nicole can not watch without doing anything and together with Anton she joins the resistance. The missions start to get more dangerous, they lose people around them and the risk increases.

WWII has always fascinated me. I think it’s one of the most interesting subjects and I have
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Jolien De Pauw
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Net als de cover sprak het verhaal van het boek mij onmiddellijk aan. Het is een boek dat echt ontzettend vlot leest, zelf had ik het op 2 dagen uit. Dit komt waarschijnlijk doordat het een gigantische pageturner is. Al van bij de start wil je weten wat er met Nicole en haar vrienden en familie gaat gebeuren. Het is een verhaal vol moed, verdriet maar vooral hoop. En dat je nooit, nooit, nooit, nooit moet opgeven en dat je nooit te jong of klein bent om iets te betekenen. Ik ben het boek beginne ...more
Roos
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond dit niet echt een goed boek. Er stonden zo veel historische fouten in dat het na een tijdje irritant werd. Maar waar ik mij het meest aan irriteerden was Coco. Ze was zo verschrikkelijk naïef, zelfs na alles wat ze mee heeft gemaakt. Ik had totaal geen klik met haar. Daarnaast heeft ze zoveel geluk gehad dat het ongeloofwaardig werd na verloop van tijd.

Dit boek heeft zoveel potentie maar het komt niet tot zijn recht. Het gebeurde allemaal veel te snel, zo veel actie met weinig rust ertus
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Dagmar
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
dit is echt een van de beste boeken die ik ooit heb gelezen!!!!! hier zijn geen woorden voor!!
Irene
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW.............dit is echt een supergoed boek. Het leest ontzettend vlot, ik had het boek ik 2 uur uit. Echt een aanrader voor iedereen!!!!!!!
Jayme Teague gauthier
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I almost gave this book five stars. It was so good and sad and I loved the characters, there is even a love story, and I could barely put it down. I should read more WWII books. It's a young adult book but I wished it hadn't been written so juvenile I guess. And all the "surprises" or "twists" I saw clearly through.
Caitlin Mosterd
Het boek geeft een helder beeld van hoe de onderdrukten de Tweede Wereldoorlog ervoeren; niet alleen in België maar ook in Nederland en andere onderdrukte landen. Het zorgt ervoor dat je echt gaat nadenken over die tijd. Stel dat de dingen anders waren gelopen; zou de wereld zoals we die nu kennen dan nog steeds zo zijn? Je neemt jezelf dan voor dat zoiets als de Tweede Wereldoorlog nooit, maar dan ook nooit meer mag gebeuren.

Het verhaal van CodenaamCoco wordt gedetailleerd en levendig beschreve
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Kim
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A departure from her normal style of books- but a real page turner. It was about the resistance movement in Belgium and really interesting. A young teenage couple joined up and it followed their fight against the enemy.
Hope
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked this book and liked the storyline! but this book took me a little while to get into but after that I really got into the story
The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
God, this made me cry.

It's a really beautiful book. Please read it. It's lovely and heartbreaking and you won't regret it. Honestly.

And you will cry too.
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
As soon as I heard about this book I was instantly intrigued. I have an odd fascination with war books, and yet I tend not to read that many of them! I prefer the second world war but there is just something about fictional stories set admist a war that just pulls me straight towards a book. This book was one that I found to be incredibly unique and one that pulled me in right from the very start. I started this book a long time ago, then put the book down but when I returned to it and started b ...more
Mehsi
Ik zag dit boek liggen bij de Kinderboekenmarkt in Oktober en ik was zeer geinteresseerd. Jammer dat het uiteindelijk toch niet zo'n goed boek was.

Ik vond Nicole in het begin echt een leuk meisje, dapper, standvastig en ze wist wat ze wilde. Ik dacht dan ook dat zij en het verzet een goede match zouden vormen. Helaas was dat niet zo. Nicole is een idioot. Een echte, grote idioot.
De eerste keer dat ze idiootje speelde was toen ze wacht moesten houden bij een treinspoor zodat iemand anders een bo
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Fabulous Book Fiend
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked right from the word go! It was full of action and suspense and yet a clear moral value running all the way through. It is set in 1940 and war has just broken out. Nicole lives in Belgium and Nazi soldiers have begun their invasion. She joins a Resistance group, and that is where the action really begins. I think this was a great idea for a storyline because, we hear a lot about children evacuated from the UK during the war, about soldiers in the UK, USA and Europe, but th ...more
Jacoline Maes
De schrijfstijl

Het boek leest fijn. De schrijfstijl is namelijk prettig en dit in combinatie met de blijvende spanning, zorgt ervoor dat je het boek in een mum van tijd uit hebt. Ook heeft Blossom Books vaak een fijne indeling van hun boeken qua bladspiegel (naar mijn idee) en zorgt dat ervoor dat er bij hun boeken een behoorlijk leestempo in zit.

Het verhaal

Codenaam Coco begon voor mij heel veelbelovend. Je wordt in het verhaal gegooid wanneer de Duitsers België binnenvallen en vanaf bladzijde é
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Ladyannick Lentacker
Wow - just could not put the book down.
Pearl
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cross my heart by Carmen Reid for me was one of the best books I have ever read and one I would recommend to all ages who love to read fiction especially books based on the Second World War.
Nicole was an ordinary girl who at aged 15 she lived for her friends, her school and of course her family who she clearly adored. When the Nazi army marched into her homeland in 1940 she knew her life would never be the same again.
This is more than a book of a girl who hated the Germans, Nicole joined the res
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Emma
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth

Cross my Heart is another book after my own heart! World War Two Resistance in Belgium is something I knew next to nothing about but as another facet of World War Two history I was hooked from simply reading the synopsis. I’m loving how more and more authors are writing about this period of history in different ways and making it accessible to younger readers who are more than likely being let down by our less than satisfactory National Curriculum (despite hundreds of truly fantast
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Big Book Little Book
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Helen for www.bigbooklittlebook.com
Copy received in exchange for an honest review

As the Germans walk into Belgium in May 1940 Nicole’s world is turned upside down. Despite the danger, the warnings and the fear Nicole can’t help herself and joins the Resistance as her world is torn apart. Nicole shows herself to be a brave and resourceful member of the team. She is flung into more and more hazardous situations and has to make difficult and even life threatening decisions. Nicole is an inspiring h
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Katey Lovell
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cross My Heart proves just how versatile Carmen Reid is as an author, demonstrated by her ability to tackle the horrific subject matter of WWII in a sensitive, informative manner.

Nicole, a fifteen year old Belgian girl, finds her life thrown upside down when the Nazis invade. Her best friend Lottie is a German Jew and flees Belgium seeking safety, her Papa disappears without trace and before long Nicole decides she has to make a stand. Against her family's wishes, Nicole and her friend Anton j
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Lara
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review in which I ramble on and on about thoughts only somewhat related to the book... Read at your own risk of boredom!

I picked up this book in a desperate search for English books, which aren't all that abundant in Belgium. I've always found the history of World War Two not only interesting but also important, so I thought 'why not?' when I saw this book. What I didn't know was that the story was set right here, in my country, in places I've visited and even lived in... That just made it hit c
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Chrissi
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read some of Carmen Reid’s books before so I knew she was a talented writer. I stupidly didn’t realise that she wrote outside the ‘chick-lit’ genre, so I didn’t immediately make the connection when I was given this book in Random House’s goody bag. When I eventually did make the connection I was incredibly intrigued to see what Cross My Heart was like. It’s a book ‘inspired by real people, real places and real events.’

If I had to sum it up in four words, those words would be ‘this book dest
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Smithjamest
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published on www.justthisteenager.blogspot.co.uk - visit for more reviews.

Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid was an inspirational adventure set in the Second World War. Following plucky bold Nicole as she joins the Belgian resistance, determined to do all she can to make it harder for the Nazi Germans who have stolen her city for them-selves, Reid tells a emotional heartbreaking story with vivid threads of truth sewn through it which gives it an edge over other fictional novels.

Cross My He
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