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Resistance : Book 1
by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 realize they must take a stand. But how can they convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against injustice?

Resistance is the first voulme of a triology written by acclaimed teen author Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596432918
  • ISBN-10: 1596432918
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 121
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18
  • Dimensions: 8.48 x 6.32 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds

Series: Resistance #1

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Books > > Comics & Graphic Novels - Historical
Books > > Historical - Europe
Books > > Historical - Holocaust

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2010-03-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

As the old saying goes, everyone was in the French Resistance, and that also goes for the cast of this well-intentioned but clumsy YA graphic novel set in Vichy France in 1942. It centers on a plucky tween boy named Paul Tessier, an aspiring artist whose father is a POW. After Germans take over his Jewish friend Henri Levy's hotel, Paul and his sisters are drafted into the Resistance and journey to occupied Paris with Henri to pass along secret messages to their comrades. There are few moments of genuine suspense or surprise, just a lineup of predictable story beats: earnest discussions of how Jews are just like everyone else, a flash of violence to demonstrate that the Nazis are bad news, and an emotional family reunion. (A scene in which the children improvise Henri's bar mitzvah ceremony is pure kitsch.) Purvis has a rough, expressive line that works nicely for his frequent close-ups on characters' faces, but often dissolves into scribbles when he pulls back to show bodies and settings. The two-page author's note by YA author Jablonski at the end addresses the moral ambiguity of Vichy France more insightfully than anything in the rest of the book. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)

 
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