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Victory (Resistance #3)

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The final installment in Carla Jablonski’s Sydney Taylor Honor-winning Resistance trilogy.

World War II thunders to a conclusion in this third and final installment of Jablonski and Purvis’ critically-acclaimed historical trilogy. As the Allied Forces move to retake France from its Nazi invaders, siblings Sophie, Paul, and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more and j
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by First Second
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Reading is my Escape
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!!
Vinayak Hegde
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The artwork is fantastic and slick in this last book of the series. Though I felt the story is weak and a little far-fetched such as German soldier helping the resistance. The buildup to the liberation of France is also hurried and a little abrupt.

The emotions on the faces and the coloring in this 3rd part is quite well done, especially the panels on facing pages with important conversation. The storyboarding is much more professional and well edited. They give you a felling of watching a movie
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: uprisers
Part of what makes the Resistance series so enjoyable is the blurring of who is good and who is bad, the idea that history is not so clean cut. I wish these graphic novels existed when I was in middle school. These books definitely make history more interesting and relatable than text books and every issue of Readers Digest published since the 60s (My 6th grade teacher kept them all [those Humor in Uniform columns were truly an education in itself]).
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
With Victory, Book 3, the talented team of Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis will bring their graphic novel trilogy about kids working in the French Resistance during World War II to its conclusion when it is published on July 17, 2012.

Victory begins after the Nazi occupation of France and one month after the allied invasion of Normandy. For the first time, victory seems to be a possibility for the allied forces, but tensions are also running very high. As Nazi losses increase, so does their cru
David Schaafsma
What's the central value of this trilogy, which is directed at a tween or YA audience? That it teaches kids to dissent when bad things are going on, when they know things are wrong. Occupy is one form of such inspiration. Much of literature does not deal with our political relationship with the world at all, much less young people's political relationship to such events. So in a sense this book gets to be a hopeful model for how kids can stop being passive and bored and pop culture-dazed and act ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
French sibling Paul, Marie and Sophie are still working against the Nazis that are occupying their town, each in their own ways. Paul is a messenger who risks being out after curfew, Marie is "dating" a soldier in order to get information, and Sophie is unhappy to be so young that people don't think she can help-- until she finds a downed pilot carrying a critical message and is instrumental in saving him and helping get the message delivered. While they are struggling with missing their father ...more
Sanah Shabbir
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the illustrations and the author's take on the events of World War II from the perspective of France. I will say the last half of the book had me in the feels for a little bit, but this series was a SUPER quick read and very enjoyable.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The end of the trilogy marks the liberation of Paris, but our protagonist's lessons about resistance, trust, and the German's fighting spirit continue to the last page.
Dani Shuping
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
It's the final battle. World War II is drawing to a close and the allied forces are moving to retake France from the Nazi’s. Paul, Marie, and Sylvie Tessier continue fighting for the Resistance in their own way. Paul’s drawing almost land him in jail, but he is saved by Lucille’s father. Sylvie continues to date the young German solider next door and getting information that is saving lives. And Marie...Marie finds a downed place and a young man badly injured. She nurses him back to health and d ...more
Ariel Caldwell
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I like best about this trilogy is its unflinching look at how nothing is black and white, especially when living through war. As the author noted in the afterward of the first book, "History as lived is anything but clear! There is no way to watch the events unfold and make decisions based on somehow knowing what the outcome will be. Living history is messy, filled with missteps, confusion, mistakes, and choices made on the fly, in the moment, on the spot - with consequences that can be unp ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've just begun my CYBILs reading - don't worry, I wrote this review long before it was posted - and I've already been introduced to so many amazing books I wouldn't have discovered on my own.

Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis's Resistance trilogy tells about the French Resistance through three episodes in the lives of Sylvie, Paul, and Marie Tessier. In this final graphic novel, Marie rescues a downed pilot and Paul travels to Paris to deliver new codes just in time for liberation. It's not enti
Kelsey Abbott
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the untold tale of the French resistance, but it is also the untold story of how kids were also involved in this part of history. It is the amazing tale of the strength kids showed during this time.

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I think this shows an amazing tale of courage that kids showed. I think this is something that I do not know if I would have had the strength to do if put in the same situation. I think the kids showed the most courage that any one could do especially when faced against po
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, historical, ya
Resistance is an excellent trio of graphic novels about one French family during World War II, living in the "free" part of France during German occupation. There is the artist son who is in his early teens, the social daughter in her late teens, and the isolated prepubescent daughter, along with their mom and aunt. Their absent POW dad impacts their dynamics.

Over the course of the three books, Resistance, Defiance, and Victory, each member of the family goes from mildly resentful to fully and d
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: Next (and last) book in the trilogy.

This is the final installment in this stellar trilogy about the resistance movement in occupied France. This third book brings us up to the last days of occupation and the final liberation of France. Tensions run high in the Tessier household as we see many different ways in which people did their part to survive and resist. The entire household is vocally fed-up with the aunt's collusion with the Germans. Sophie is torn between her feeling
Penny Linsenmayer
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The final book in this trilogy was perhaps the best of the three -- I appreciated that the illustrator has made obvious efforts to age the children characters appropriately (it was 1940 or 1941 in the first book and is meant to be 1944 in this one). Marie in particular has obviously grown up considerably in both appearance and in her actions. I thought the conflict Sylvie faced with her involvement with German soldier Erich was complex and thought-provoking -- though she instigated the relations ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this final installment of the Resistance trilogy, the story of the French resistance as WWII comes to a close, is told through three young Tessier siblings (Paul, Marie and Sylvie), who while not old enough to really participate in the Resistance, find their own way to make things happen. While the art is amazing, and the plot line interesting -- youngsters working to gather and provide intelligence to the Resistance -- sometimes the history is lacking. Admittedly, this is not a history text, ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the final book in the Resistance trilogy and the stakes are higher than ever. The Tessier family are all in the resistance and doing their part in some way. Sylvie is dating a German soldier in order to gain information. Marie has found an injured pilot and they are hiding him from the Germans and the collaborators in their town. Paul travels to Paris on a dangerous mission and is reunited with Henri. This book really shows how fragmented the resistance movements were and how some of the ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This series makes me sad. It DOES get better as it goes along - as you get to know the characters. But it does not achieve what it wants to be. It feels contrived and not like the high adventure historical fiction it could be. Here's a piece of a review I wrote for another source:

Although the topic is fascinating and unique for this audience, there is a contrived feeling to this series. It feels just a little too dogmatic. The reader never truly connects with the characters, and the illustration
Suzanne Bhargava
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Resistance trilogy is a great set of graphic novels to read if you're interested in the French resistance.

I particularly liked how the authors presented the moral dilemmas faced by those working for the resistance- weighing up the actions vs the Nazi retaliation. Do you do nothing while things get worse? Or do you take action, risking the lives of your family and innocent neighbours?

The artwork, I thought was very good, especially the use of the main character's sketches dotted throughout
Victory completes the Resistance trilogy. The Tessier siblings have each been doing their part for the French resistance, but they are now about to embark on their most dangerous mission yet. This final installment takes us to the streets of occupied Paris where information critical to the success of the Resistance is needed. All three siblings make their way to Paris where they are reunited with their old friend, Henri. The tides of war are turning, but how long will it take for Paris to be tru ...more
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-review-yet
When I read _Resistance I told everyone who would listen about it. The plot, characters, and artwork all wonderfully came together to create a memorable story that quickly grabbed me. efiance wasn't as instant, but it still a solid continuation.

With Victory, once again I am blown away with a historical and emotional punch! The Tessier family is living on the fumes of hope but with conflicting rumors and policilcal tension trust (and lack thereof) is wearing everyone down. Mrs. Tessier and Aunt
Jennifer Mangler
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm reviewing all three volumes - Book 1: Resistance, Book 2: Defiance, and Book 3: Victory - together because that's how I read them. They tell one story from beginning to end. I especially loved how the graphic novels captured the complexity of living under occupation as well as the complexity of the resistance movement. People on the same side disagreed and didn't get along and resented each other. It wasn't just "good guys" and "bad guys," and it wasn't always easy to see who was who. Each p ...more
Derek Royal
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although the final book in the Resistance trilogy ends with loose end (somewhat) neatly tied and with an upbeat note -- and I wouldn't expect otherwise -- Jablonski doesn't end things too cleanly...and much to the book's and series' benefit. The "Author's Note" at the end, and as in all the books of the trilogy, places the tale within a historical context. Just as important, it also sets her story within a moral context, complicating any easy or simple reading. As I've thought with the other boo ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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amy boese
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, graphics
I liked this - it was good attempt at telling the story of a complicated and very controversial time in France. However, the story lost me a few times (I confess I didn't read the first two books) and the art wasn't as expressive as it could have been. A good book in a sea of graphic novel historical fiction flops.
Teachers, please add the Resistance trilogy to your resources while studying WWII!
The theme of this trilogy is very serious: WWII. There are many students very interested in the war and social history of conflicts. I think Jablonski and Purvis deserve our attention as they created a very interesting book for teens and keep questioning readers on ethical issues like war, sacrifice, humanity.
The final installment in Jablonski's Resistance trilogy was just right. It concluded all of the characters' story lines, kept the action going through the end, and completed the plot arc that the first book started. I liked this one as well as the first- it taught me about the French Resistance's part in defeating the Nazis and does so in an interesting way with great characters and story.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best of the trilogy, Victory, is the culmination of the story of a family who has worked for the French Resistance during World War II. The bravery finally felt real because the tension and fear were well portrayed. I still felt that the art work could have contributed to the story more, but over all I thoroughly enjoyed this last selection.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
All three books in this series would be a great way to introduce upper elementary and middle school readers to the French Resistance during World War II and the nuances that were involved in surviving day-to-day. I really found myself invested in the Tessier family and their exploits and fates by the end of the series.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
this wrapped the series up nicely. probably with more positives than most families at the time lived through. again i wasn't aware of degaulle's role from exile in trying to coordinate the resistance since there were so many different factions. i like learning this way - now if i can get some of my students to try it.
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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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