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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 ...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…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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Shoshana
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
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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.
Jessica
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.
m a r y l i z
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow.

I did not expect this level of feels.

Review to come? :P

4 stars
Mikayla
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
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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 doesnt 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
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Skip
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, e-books
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, ...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
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 LEAH⇢
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣


⬥WWII
⬥YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE-GRADE
⬥RESISTANCE FIGHTERS
⬥OCCUPIED POLAND

STATS⇣

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

MY THOUGHTS⇣

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
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Cecilia
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
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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
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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
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.
Julie
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. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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Cornmaven
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
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Kiel
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
Kristina
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
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Heidi

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
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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 didnt have to think twice about what to choose!

This is a HF novel that takes place in Poland during WWII. Im 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 Im always learning more. This book was no different. It is the story of Chaya, a
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Cindy
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Resistance is my second read of this year and its already one of my favorites.

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

I enjoyed reading about Chayas 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 characters stories.
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Margaret
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
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Lizzy
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.
Leah
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.
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 ...more
Tonya
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
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Kris Morahan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!
Anna
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read
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