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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,518 ratings  ·  545 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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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
Julie Kirchner
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had heard so many great things about this book from friends, and I loved A Night Divided, so I was excited to see the ARC on the swag table at NErDCampMI! I didn’t have to think twice about what to choose!

This is a HF novel that takes place in Poland during WWII. I’m always interested in reading about this time period as my father served in the war and I feel like I know more about this war than other wars, yet I’m always learning more. This book was no different. It is the story of Chaya, a J
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.
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
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This one was a powerful read.

This book definitely had a more solemn tone to it than others of Ms. Nielsen's books, including A Night Divided. But it had to be that way, and in all honesty, the story ended with much more hope than I thought it would initially. Learning more about the history of the Jewish resistance was intriguing as well as heartbreaking. Well worth reading.
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
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Note, this is not my review, I haven't read this. My 9 year old daughter just finished and had to write a review for school and has asked me to post this for her. I thought it may be a good idea to post her review to help other parents trying to find a book for their younger readers**

I rate the book 5/5 stars because it's just amazing. It uses a lot of descriptive words that make you picture exactly what is happening very clearly. I would recommend this book to people who like learning about W
Kris Morahan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aliena Jackson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, this book was my least favorite out of all of Jennifer A. Nielsen has written. It took way too long to get into the story, and by the time the book got good, it was over.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read
Clare Lund
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction action thriller will definitely be enjoyed by fans of A Night Divided by the same author. An inspiring and well-researched story about the couriers who were actively fighting back against Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust. Ages 10 and up.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
this book brings up a lot of emotions. It is a really good book and at multiple points brought tears to my eyes. It is a really hard book to read personally, but all and all a really good book. but it isn't for everyone.
Lindsay Bridge
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sensational story of a word that usually has a negative connotation: resistance. I am in awe of the strength and heroism that is portrayed in this story, mostly because I know it to be based on actual events and people. I never cease to be amazed by humanity during this ugly part of history and I feel like this book does a great job of shedding light on the different kinds of people during this time. The ones who just sat back and watched, knowing all of it was wrong but chose to not act. The ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I would recommend this book to everyone.
So, this is a tough one.

It took me a really long time to read. The stakes are high, and the action is relentless, but it required eiher prior knowledge about the era (beyond "Nazis killed 6 million Jews and 4 million others in concenration camps") or carefully focusing on the drier parts of the book. I had the first, but I wonder about young readers. On the other end of the spectrum, the actual Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is super intense, and I wonder if a true middle grade audience would find it ei
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*This is a review on an Advanced Reader Copy I won through the author's contest.*

Reading historical fiction based on the Holocaust is never easy. Someone commented on how I often read books on that subject and it led me to ask myself why? While it always saddens me to read about the suffering and cruelty, it always leaves me in admiration of the countless people whose love, faith, and courage persevered during that dark time.

Writing historical fiction based on the Holocaust has to be difficult.
Taylor Bauer
It was really slow so I did not like it
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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
“May we never forget. May we live with honor at all times, regardless of our circumstances. And may we choose love, a weapon that will defeat hate every single time. Love is the resistance.” 8 likes
“A death camp. Sara was barely eight years old. She knew nothing of war or violence. She’d fallen victim to a level of hatred she couldn’t begin to comprehend.” 5 likes
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