Genevieve's War

Genevieve's War

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In this companion to the Newbery Honor-winning Lily's Crossing, thirteen-year-old Genevieve risks everything to defy the Nazis and join the French Resistance.

It's not always thinking of being happy. Doing the right thing will make you happy.

Despite the farm-work and her irritable grandmother Memé, Genevieve thinks she may have found a new home in Alsace, France, where she spent the summer of 1939. Without much to return to in New York, Gen is ready to see if this new life will make her happy.

But then World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer France.

Now everyone in Alsace must speak German, act German, and think German--or else. Even worse, a cold Nazi officer has commandeered a room in Memé's farmhouse--and he can tell that Gen and her grandmother aren't loyal to the Reich.

But Gen won't be cowed. And when her friend Rémy commits an act of sabotage, she hides him in the last place the Germans will look--in the attic, right above the Nazi's head.
Publisher: .New York : Holiday House, c2017
ISBN: 9780823438006
Branch Call Number: J GIF
Characteristics: 222 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stadtlander, Becca

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ArapahoeMarcia Oct 03, 2018

Learn about an American teenager, visiting her grandmother in Alsace, who is caught in the crossfire at the start of WWII.

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irishdancer11
Jun 30, 2018

This was a really good book! I found it started a bit slow, but it picked up when you read more.

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nelljean
Jan 23, 2018

Some unexpected twists in the story. Great history lesson.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jul 06, 2017

Touching (but not sappy) historical fiction (WWII) that should appeal to a wide range of ages.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 21, 2017

For young historical fiction fans with a taste for World War II, this is a really solid bet. It’s set in France, and follows Genevieve, an American girl staying with her French grandmother who gets trapped in the country during the Nazi occupation. While the circumstances surrounding Genevieve’s presence in the country (both at the outset, and throughout the course of the book) feel a bit contrived, that’s the only bit of this that really rings false. Everything else is beautifully drawn, showing that there is plenty of emotional weight to be found in WWII stories even away from the battlefields and concentration camps. Fans of Kimberly Brubacker Bradley’s “The War That Saved My Life” will find this a similarly affecting read, though perhaps not quite as memorable as that title.

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