Gripping with no sugarcoating.

Summary:

Chaya Lindner (16) is a Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Her sister was killed and her brother is missing. Now Chaya is leaving her family in Krakow to go live with her grandmother. On the way there, she meets the leaders of Akiva and is invited to work with them on their farm. They are a resistance group, working to undermine the Nazis, and Chaya becomes a courier for the group. Using everything she had learned throughout her life, she works moves in and out of ghettos to deliver supplies and messages. Soon, Chaya's missions become even more dangerous. A disaster at Krakow motivates her to keep going. Now she is working in the horrific ghetto of Lodz and eventually Warsaw, all to aid the Jewish revolution from the inside ghetto.


Teen Student Volunteer (14):
Overall, I liked Resistance and especially appreciate the insights the author provides into the anti-Nazi movement in Poland, the Holocaust, life in Poland under Nazi Germany, and resistance movements that worked to undermine the Nazis. Because the book covers sensitive issues without little to no sugarcoating., some readers may find it too blunt or violent. 

I recommended borrowing this book. The story's value lies in the insight it provides into the Holocaust, Poland under Nazi Germany, and resistance movements that worked to undermine the Nazis. It is important to learn about these topics, but there is no need for the reader to buy Resistance.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who like history and stories of real-life heroism will find this a fascinating read. Even if you have read other books about the Holocaust, you will find Chaya's story compelling.

Content Awareness Factors:

This book covers some mature, distressing topics including the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. These kinds of topics may make the story unsuitable for young readers.


Type of Book:
This is a historical fiction novel about the Polish resistance during World War II.
Educational Themes:

The story gives the reader insight into the Holocaust, Poland under Nazi Germany, and resistance movements that worked to undermine the Nazis. Readers may not know how many different countries established resistance movements, and this introduction could help them more fully appreciate the scope of their efforts and just how dangerous their work was.

Reading Level:
5.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer's Age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow.

Title Resistance
Author Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2018
ISBN 9781338148473
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Mystery, Historical Fiction, 1940s & 1950s, War
Cybils
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