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
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 ...more
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!!
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 ...more
It does feel like many of the young kids were drawn into the resistance without them really understanding the cause.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
They had some troubles with the Germans but Paul and marie getting Henry safely to his parents.