Saturday, May 19, 2018

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen - ADVISABLE

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen.  400 pages. Scholastic, AUGUST 2018. $18.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (Holocaust)


Chaya Linder is only 16, but she has lived a life of danger for the last three years working as a courier for the anti-Germany resistance in Poland.  When she was pushed out of the Krakow ghetto, she went to the farm of her Jewish scout leaders and from there they all decide to join the war efforts. Chaya is more than willing to risk her life, but Esther, another courier is a constant thorn in her side.  Chaya is going on her most dangerous mission ever and Esther has joined her.  Esther insists that the pair make their way to Warsaw – the most infamous ghetto of them all.

Go Jennifer – thank you for showing us that you can write about danger, violence, and life’s worst situations without filing the narrative and the characters’ mouths with swearing and graphic violence. Chaya’s journey through between Poland’s ghettos is a compelling read.  Add this to any Holocaust display to help students understand this awful time.

Cindy, Library Teacher

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