Rare is the day when you can find a new children’s book that manages to capture the true courage, raw spirit, and intense fear of WWII. Still, Jennifer A. Nielsen astounds and moves with her newest book, a novel titled Resistance. Set in Nazi-occupied Poland, this is a tale that your kids deserve to read.
The Story: Chaya Lindner may seem like the perfect Aryan girl to the Germans she passes through to get into the German ghetto, but in reality, she is anything but. Being the Jewish girl that she is, Chaya’s determined to get people like her out of the worst zones, even if it means endangering herself every day. Times only get tougher as Chaya is drawn into more perilous work with a group of spies and revolutionaries whose goal is to save as many people as possible, even if it is at the expense of her own safety. As the work grows more and more dangerous, Chaya realizes that it’s not just her freedom that may be in jeopardy this time – but her life.
My Thoughts: From the very first sentence, I knew I was hooked. Jennifer A. Nielsen is an amazing authoress, crafting an amazing read that I could not put down. This is a truly wonderful book that deserves recognition for how well-put together it it. This is a thoughtful and generous look at the heroes who managed to do what they could for the people in even more danger than they were. Seriously, I cannot recommend Resistance enough. It is an amazing book that really gets one’s attention and is so diverting.
Parental Advisories: Some “mild” swearing, though the book is otherwise pretty clean, especially given the fact that this is a WWII novel. Of course, this is given a little bit of violence, though most of this is kept pretty safe for middle-grade readers.