Saturday, December 19, 2020

I am Defiance by Jenni L. Walsh - ADVISABLE

I am Defiance by Jenni L. Walsh
, 320 pages. Scholastic, FEB 2021. $18. 

Content: G 



12yo Brigitte enjoys the picnics, games, and other fun activity at her Hitler’s Youth group. However, as she gets older, she wonders about the deeper purpose behind the group. Does she really want to turn in her neighbors or admit that their family received suspicious fliers? Then she finds out that her parents and her older sister have bigger secrets to keep – does she remain loyal to the Fuhrer, or to her family? 

I love WWII books, I really do. And Walsh’s look through Brigitte’s eyes is just fine – a nice, skeptical look at Hitler’s propaganda machine, secrets within a family, and going to great lengths to keep those secrets. It’s just that there are other important events to look at throughout history than just WWII. Can we branch out a bit and give a wider historical and cultural perspective? 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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