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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  6,055 ratings  ·  1,033 reviews
Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels betwee ...more
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Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
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Keri Douglas It is good for middle grades. Readers will learn about Polish Jews and their captivity in the ghettos. It is not graphically violent like many WWII no…moreIt is good for middle grades. Readers will learn about Polish Jews and their captivity in the ghettos. It is not graphically violent like many WWII novels but does take place in war time with battles described. The characters will hold you captive with intrigue and you'll learn along the way.(less)

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Holy. Crap.

This book completely took my breath away. It may be Nielsen's best, and I'm someone who swears by "The False Prince."

An incredible look at the work of Jewish resistance fighters during the Holocaust, "Resistance" pulls no punches - there is no sugar-coating of the atrocities committed by the Nazis, and the atmosphere of terror, suspicion, and desperation. And yet, this book is filled with hope, and pride, friendship and love. It's honestly incredible that a story featuring such a da
Katie Hanna
taking it off my "currently reading" list because I can't connect to the MC and ain't nobody got time for that in 2019. it's not a bad book but I can't connect. ...more
Fascinating book about couriers- Jewish youth who looked "Aryan" enough to smuggle things into and out of the ghettos- and the Warsaw ghetto uprising. It took me a bit to get into this book, I really didn't have a sense for who Chaya was until the book was well underway. But when it got going, it was very intense and heartbreaking. ...more
R.F. Gammon
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

You all know I'm a little bit disappointed with the way that The Traitor's Game wrapped up. I admit, I still have some beef with that. But this book. THIS BOOK. This one came first, so it can't really Make Amends considering it dates before TWC, sort of makes amends.

Chaya is probably the least interesting protagonist I've read about in a long time. That's the biggest downside to this book and I want to start off with it. If you're looking
m a r y l i z
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

I did not expect this level of feels.

Review to come? :P

4 stars
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to be the first to get this from my library only a few days after it released.
I love the point of view this book took. I loved zooming into the eyes of Chaya, seeing how hard it would be to watch her world crumbling out from beneath her. The loneliness that was portrayed was so deep rooted I felt it for the characters. I rooted for them all and was hit by the realistic flow of relationships.
I was on the edge of my seat through the last part and feared for all the characters
Jenna Iden
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
In many ways, this book was awesome. Jewish resistance fighters! Kids! Accurate descriptions of how little help the Allied forces were when atrocities were being committed against Jews and they described zero Jewish refugees as "too many!"

But something felt off to me. Maybe it's because I was raised Jewish, but I didn't find this book particularly Jewish. The mentions of the Shema seemed like they were written by an outsider (perhaps because I've only heard it as the Shema and not the Shema Yisr
Teresa “Teri”
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a true gem! It is Young Adult Historical Fiction, with enough true events and
people to have made it a eye-opening, learning experience for me.
The main character, Chaya, is a teenage girl. However, the book doesn’t go the route of some that have the teenage angst and star-crossed lovers. (Of course, not that it makes those stories all bad!)
This is a story about the courageous young people of a resistance group during WWII (Ghettos and the Holocaust of the Jewish people) I had never
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, historical
YA book following the life of Chaya Lindner, who following the disappearance of her younger siblings and inability to convince her parents to leave their the Tarnow ghetto, Chaya joins the Jewish Resistance. Using her blonde hair and fair complexion, she smuggles food, medical supplies and eventually guns into and babies out of various ghettos in Poland during the Nazi occupation. The highlights of the book are the inner turmoil faced by Jews and non-Jews during traumatic times and events, espec ...more




BOOK COVER⇢ The cover is spectacular.
SETTING⇢ Throughout Poland
SOURCE⇢ Libby Audiobook (Library)
AUDIOBOOK LENGTH⇢ 9 hours, 28 minutes


Billed as Middle-Grade Young Adult, this holds no punches when it comes to the atrocities inflicted on the Jewish people of Germany and Poland.  This book, in particular, revolves around the c
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you ask me, this book is so VERY lucky to get a 4.31 average. I hated this book for so many reasons, and I didn't even finish it- I didn't even get halfway through!

To begin with, how about how boring it was? I found that the book was very slow and repetitive, but you can only write about World War II for so long.

Secondly, Chaya was such a brat. She couldn't appreciate good help when it came to her. And those other weird teenagers that thought it was okay to die? How even did they make it into
Hazel West
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this book. Jennifer A. Neilson is always a fantastic writer, and I think I love her historical fiction just as much as I do her fantasy. While I personally didn't connect with the characters in this quite as much as I have in some of her other books, I still really loved all of them, and was waiting of the edge of my seat to see if they would get out of the continuous peril.

Not only did this book have likable characters, it was incredibly well-informed. Jennifer obviously did her r
Monika Awad
OH. MY. GOD. WHYYYYYYYY, WHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Okay, so this book is *SPECTACULAR* and *BREATHTAKING*. The ending shoooooook me. So first of all, the praise. This is a story that deserves attention because it's real events that deserves memorial. The characters were terrifically plotted out and carefully made. The plot, of course, was the highlight. I love that you can write beautiful historical fiction that is very accurate. Secondly, the criticism, I can't really think of anything right now but ...more
Jenni Elyse
What a powerful story of courage and bravery of the Jewish people during WWII. I loved learning about the true events that took place during WWII through this fictional story. I never knew about the couriers and what they risked for their people. I also didn't really know much about the resistance fighters within the ghettos. I thought this book did a great job at showing the Jews' courage as they suffered at the hands of the Germans and their own countrymen, yet risked their lives to help each ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tried a few times to get into this. The writing just reads like voice-over narration from a bad screenplay. DNF
Ruth Meyer
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a book written for middle-schoolers, this was very well done. Chaya is a Jewish teenager in Poland during Word War II, but her fair looks allow her to pass for a Polish citizen. This gives her an opportunity to act as a courier, delivering messages and supplies to Jews in various ghettos. Nielsen does a fantastic job of showing the tragedies and horrors of war without being too graphic for her intended audience. I was also pleased that she centered this book around the resistance in Poland, ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
You'll find a plethora of WWII historical fictions on the shelf, but Resistance is a children's WWII historical fiction that all ages can enjoy.
This quick read is action packed and inspiring. Chaya, the main character, is the type of character you want to read more; she is a strong girl willing to do hard things.
If you add a well paced story and an excellent storyline to the mix you have a fantastic read. -Megan G.
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Bravery is enviable... imagination is just lies though. You want to make modern history right, start with seeing the truth.

Hannah Rose
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Jennifer Nielsen and I loved this book!! Such a beautiful story of love, courage, and the importance of never giving up.
I enjoyed this a lot. It's not a take I've read in fiction before and because the main character's a courier, we really get to see the situation in different areas of Poland. I appreciated the emphasis on family and friendship over romance because these aren't exactly romantic situations. There is some mixed info on if this is MG or YA, so to clarify: the MC is 16. There's only the tiniest hints at a romance. There's a lot of violence and death and being brutally honest about situations. So....I ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

After Chaya's brother and sister fall victim to the Nazis in the Tarnow Ghetto in Poland in 1942, her parents resign themselves to their fate. Chaya, however, decides to go down fighting and joins a Resistance group called Akiva. This group is comprised of former leaders and children in a scouting group. At first, she is a courier, taking food and sometimes weapons into the ghetto. She is does not "look Jewish" with her fair hair, so it is somewhat easier for her to move
Received an ARC of this at a conference. As an avid reader of WWII historical fiction, I appreciated this tale of Jewish Resistance fighters in Poland, with the main character Chaya moving through various city ghettos, culminating in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Within the story there is a lot of information about the evolution of the Final Solution, how difficult it was to mount any kind of resistance, and the bravery of anyone that did.

What I could not get used to was Chaya's "voice". I found h
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This wasn't as enjoyable as the author's other historical fiction novel, A Night Divided, that I have read. I didn't like this main character. The story takes place during WWII. The events in the story are horrific, both real and imagined. There is a bit of a happy ending, but it is mostly left open. ...more
Alex  Baugh
Until the Nazis invaded Poland in 1938, Chaya Lindner had lived a relatively good life in Krakow with her parents, her younger brother, Yitzchak, and much younger sister Sarah. By 1940, the Nazis had placed so many restrictions on Jews living in Poland until finally they were all ordered to leave their homes and move into the Podgorze Ghetto, where they were forced to live four families to an apartment. But for Chaya, it meant being on the next Nazi train out of Poland. Instead, Chaya set off on ...more
Resistance is set in WWII era Poland and follows a teenage girl named Chaya Lindner. Chaya is Jewish, but her blonde hair allows her to pass as a Polish girl. She uses this ability to join a Jewish resistance movement and works to smuggle various items in and out of the ghetto in Krakow. Although she is young, she learns her job quickly and becomes quite successful at it. She is passionate about fighting back against the Nazis, even though she knows she is facing insurmountable odds.

After a part
Kimberly Hornberger
This is a hard book to rate. I loved Chaya and felt her rallying heroism. It was a hard book, intense and dark and necessary. Amongst all the brutality, death, hatred, annihilation and horror of the holocaust, there is hope in the actions of those who resisted. While there were far too few willing to sacrifice to help, I hope I will remember this story and be one of those willing to step up. I hope as a world, we will never forget.

I love this quote from Zuckerman, one of the uprising leaders: “

Jennifer Nielsen in one of my favorite authors and she's proved her skill once again. Both her fantasy novels and her historical fiction have provided me with hours of great reading. This book is the story of a young Polish Jewish girl who joins the resistance when she's forced to leave her family. At first the Jewish Resistance's work revolves around saving their people. But eventually they turn to fighting the Nazis through sabotage and theft. But when things go wrong, Chaya ends up on her own
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
"We proved that there was value in faith. There was value in loyalty. And that a righteous resistance was a victory in itself, no matter the outcome."

It only took me a month to read this book. Not because it was bad but I haven't had a lot of time to read. I felt like the story moved a bit slowly but that may have just been because my reading was slow. Overall, this told a wonderful, important story of resistance fighters during world war 2. I enjoyed it and just think it's amazing the brave th
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Resistance is my second read of this year and it’s already one of my favorites.

The protagonist, Chaya, is a fleshed out character with so much depth. Nielsen does a great job of detailing Chaya’s flaws and capturing her inner turmoil.

I enjoyed reading about Chaya’s character development and her friendship with Esther.

The book gave me a better understanding of what was happening during those times and illustrated unity, bravery, and love through the character’s stories.
Diane Shea
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Nielsen has a way with telling historical fiction that I enjoy and admire! She does such good research that I get pulled into the story and NEED to know the ending. Resistance is no different! A story about a young girl who finds her own courage and desperate need to make life better for her Jewish people during WWII in Poland, this book is in a league of it's own. Told with heart-wrenching realism and as much fact as possible, the characters are people readers will grow to love and roo ...more
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Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has f ...more

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