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(Resistance #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  206 reviews

Fighting on a secret front of World War II

Paul and Marie’s bucolic French country town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII, but the siblings still live in the shadow of war. Their father is a Prisoner of War, kept hostage by the Germans. When their friend Henri’s parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, Paul and Marie

Comic, 121 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by n/a (first published 2010)
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This is a simple story about the complex time during the French occupation of Germany on the French people. One family discovers how complicated life can be when politics becomes deadly. The art helped to tell the story, and it wasn't amazing.

The tale is good and it centers on kids trying to get their jewish friend reunited with his parents. They find out how scary life can really be. There are 2 more books in the story and I am interested.

It was such a horrible time in history and it seems we
Ashlee G
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is not quite what I was expecting when I picked it up. This book was a quick, engaging read. I found it really interesting. Resistance is about a young boy named Paul Tessier. You can tell his family means a lot to him with the way he treats his sister, Marie. He looks out for her. She is younger than him but pretty smart. They both have a friend named Henri. Henri is Jewish. That matters because in the book the Germans came in and started deporting all of the Jews. All but Henri. Paul ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Resistance was a really good, quick graphic novel. Beautiful pictures and great writing. I love learning about World War II so I got really excited when I saw this. My feelings towards graphic novels aren't exactly positive, but I was pleasantly surprised. My only complaint was that in the very beginning I was very cofused. But now that I think back on it, I think my confusion was because I am not used to the set up if graphic novels. The last time I read a graphic novel, after all, was two year ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Resistance was a great book. I liked the graphics in the book, and the point it was trying to give you. I thought it was really interesting since I like WWII. You should read this if you like world war two!
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Resistance series  
This is a great middle-grade graphic novel series on the French resistance during World War II. Kids play their part and there is danger, but it is not overwhelming. My son brought this series home from his school library. He loved it and wanted to share it with me. I love when he does that!!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually don't read graphic novels, but this book made me wanna keep reading. Towards the end of the book, it got tense and mysterious by making you wonder what was going to happen to the family(s). I feel this book gave a nice overview of what really happened during World War II and what events played along with it. Pretty good book that I recommend!
yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah, blah, authors note, blah, blah, "didactic" by some and yet, and so on and so on, bleepedity, bleepidity, bloop, education and what not, uh-huh, uh-huh, I liked, yah, yah, yah.
Ethan H
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel that describes the hardships of war and how it affects people and (especially) children. This book covers French resistance work during World War 2 from the point of view of 2 children. This book really can't be properly explained unless its read. I urge anyone to pic up this book, it's worth your time.
Alex  Baugh
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Resistance is the first graphic novel in a trilogy about young resistance workers in southern France during the Nazi occupation of their country. These graphic novels for young adults are a collaboration of Carla Jablonski, noted children’s author, and Leland Purvis, artist and writer of comic books.

At the beginning of the story, Jablonski has included an explanation about how France was divided between the occupied northern half and the so-called free southern half after it signed an armistice
Super straight-forward story set in the French countryside during World War II. Yes, it's the Resistance, but starring two young kids. Not such a bad idea in the case of Paul, age about twelve or so. He's bright, quiet, motivated (his father was captured by the Germans, and his best friend his Jewish), observant, and he's a good artist, all qualities that could definitely be useful. In the case of the significantly younger Marie... She's loud, impulsive, and has apparently been completely shelte ...more
Dov Zeller
I semi-enjoyed this one. I was between a 2 and a 3 in terms of stars. The story and characters lacked depth and the tone was a little strange (forced optimism?) for a story about the resistance. Maybe the author/artist team were trying to make the war kid-friendly? But kids appreciate complexity and this book seems almost condescending sometimes in tone. A lot of potential in terms of characters and storyline for a book that is meaningful, challenging, emotionally engaging and funny, too, if tha ...more
Dasha M
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Art wasn't great, story felt shallow and oversimplified
Swaroop Kanti
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting graphic novel by Carla Jablonski about the French Resistance during the time of World War II. The novel is about young resistance workers in southern France during the Nazi occupation.

It does feel like many of the young kids were drawn into the resistance without them really understanding the cause.
Dominick Garrison
It was a very intresting book and gave me allt of insite of the things going on during the holocaust and how tragic it was for so many family's.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was interesting book and a very easy read. It started off a little confusing, but then as the story developed it became clear. I reccomend the book for somoeone who is interested in WWII.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Nicola Mansfield
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

The book starts with a one-page non-fiction narrative that places our story in history. We are told how France was invaded, occupied, surrendered and the results of this. The graphic story focuses on a French family living in Vichy, the 'free' part of France, a mother, two daughters and a son, the father is off fighting in the war and no word has been heard since France's surrender. One by o
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
First of all, I think this is misplaced in YA fiction. I might even send it in to be switched. The characters look really young, and the simplistic introduction to the struggles of World War II seem much better suited to a J audience than a YA. (That's why it's on both shelves for the time being.)

Anyway, I think my problem with this is that it feels contrived. Like, someone decided that someone should write a book about the resistance to the Nazis during World War II for children, rather than th
Josephus FromPlacitas
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
The story of the book is not terribly challenging or daring, with heroic characters all doing the right thing and surviving without terrible consequence. It eventually builds to a simple plot with some tension and suspense, and that moves respectably. But the characters face no moral questions of consequence, no difficulties or hard decisions. And this becomes inexcusable in the author's afterword, where she very carefully describes the hard choices members of the French Resistance had to make, ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Resistance, which is a graphic novel, really captured the perspective of the resistance and how it worked in the holocaust. I have never read a graphic novel before, but I liked it. I read the book Resistance. It was about a non-Jewish boy named Paul and a Jewish boy named Henri that are best friends. One day Henri finds out that his parents have gone missing. Paul then puts Henri into hiding because they both know that Henri’s life is at stake. While Henri is hiding Paul and his sister Marie j ...more
David Schaafsma
I really liked this a lot, the first of a trilogy. Focuses on the French Resistance to the Naziis, written for tweens, possibly younger, where French kids get involved with saving their friend. A two page author's note is really good and cogent, on how complicated history is to write and even more difficult to grasp the complexity of it. It is easy from our perspective to assume that we would all just join the Resistance, but she makes it clear in the essay that it so much more complicated than ...more
Vinayak Hegde
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a book about 3 kids who are caught in the middle of the German occupation of France in WWII. Also, it doesn't help that one of the kids is Jewish. The story follows the 3 kids as they eventually join the resistance. The story arc does get very interesting when the Jewish boy starts his quest to find his parents.

The emotions of the kids and the influence of adults and their attitudes/political beliefs on children is well illustrated. It captures adequately the schism in French Society ab
Eriberto Garibay
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book I just finished it is about a jewish kid that out his parents taken away from him but they managed to escape.So the kids friends help him get to his parents and they managed to finds his parents by secret messages.I really like because I like how they put lots of details in the novel and how they could lots of typing in so little captions.I really recommend this book to people who like noels or really like about historical or war books.
Steven Karas
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to all genders. This book shows The Resistance during World War 2 in France. This book is really cool because it shows how kids helped win the war against the Germans. In the book Henry's parents were hiding from the Germans really war away ; and his friends Paul and Marie help hide him and get Henry to his parents. Paul and Marie joined the resistance so they could help Henry.
They had some troubles with the Germans but Paul and marie getting Henry safely to his parents.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is based in ww2. The main characters are Paul and Marie. They realized that they have to help out there friend to hide from the Germans because he was jewish. When Paul meets a French undercover spy he wants to help. Even tho he is a kid he knew he could help them. Will Paul be bale to keep his friend protected??
This is a solid start to a very interesting WWII story. This is the story of how a family joins the French resistance, and how they band together to save their friends. I really want to read the rest of this, for sure!
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a brief graphic novel about WWII and how young kids joined the Resistance against the Nazi government. It was good to see how kids were part of the story, but the novel was too short. I think they might have a sequel.
Edward Sullivan
The first of a thrilling trilogy about French youth joining the resistance against the German occupation and Vichy collaborator government.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was a good follow up read to Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale about French resistance during German occupation in France in WWII.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
not a great book, did not enjoy it because it did not have a lot of things happening and it was not my kind of book
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Carla Jablonski is the author and editor of dozens of best-selling books for teenage and middle-grade readers. She grew up in New York City, where she attended public schools and the Bronx High School of Science. She has a BA in anthropology from Vassar College and an MA from NYU's Gallatin School, an interdisciplinary program for which she combined playwriting, the history of gender issues in 19t ...more

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