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Paul and Marie's bucolic French country town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII, but the siblings still live in the shadow of war. Their father is a Prisoner of War, kept hostage by the Germans. When their friend Henri's parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, Paul and Marie realize they must take a stand. But how can they convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against injustice?

Resistance is the first volume of a trilogy written by acclaimed teen author Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis.

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Grade 7 Up—Paul and Marie are comparatively lucky because they live in the free zone of France instead of the occupied zone. When they try to hide their Jewish friend Henri from the Germans after his parents vanish, the children get recruited into the French Resistance movement. The story opens with Paul's sepia-toned drawings of a bucolic landscape that transforms as the clouds darken, demonic monsters appear, and the houses in the distance start burning. While the rest of the story is illustrated in full color, the boy's drawings appear throughout, a visual thread that readers can follow to see the action through his eyes. Throughout the course of this book, Paul and his sister learn more about the world around them and begin to understand the scope of what is happening to the rest of the country. By the end of the book, they have witnessed forced deportations and seen a member of the Resistance shot in front of them. But they have also learned that many people are participating in the movement and are fighting back in myriad ways. This ending makes it clear that sequels are needed to complete the story. A brief overview of free and occupied France and the French Resistance movement is included, which will be helpful for readers who are unfamiliar with this facet of history.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Series: Resistance (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on April 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Paul and Marie Tessier live in a small village in southern France during World War II. While not officially occupied by Germany, Germans are all around them. They worry for their Jewish friend Henri. Then Henri's parents go missing while he is away from home, and Paul and Marie find themselves hiding their friend while becoming a small part of the French Resistance.

Resistance, Book 1 by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis is the first in a series of three graphic novels for young adults. It does an excellent job portraying the confusion, fear and uncertainty that were all part of everyday life at the time. Even young children saw friends turn on each other, and they had a hard time knowing who they could confide in. Members of the Resistance took great risks upon themselves and their families to do what they considered to be right. Strict secrecy meant sometimes even family members didn't know they were each involved.

So many books about World War II are written for adults; Resistance, Book 1 should be a great book to introduce this historical event to young adults. The images enrich the story beautifully and help keep the action moving along. The author's note at the back gives a brief description of the Resistance in France that should help fuel discussions. Issues include looking at war-time realities, deciding how much you are willing to risk to help your friends, and determining what you will do to resist something you consider wrong. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 13 and up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Resistance is a graphic novel about three children in France during World War II who join the Resistance against the Nazis occupying their country. I say three children, but the eldest is a teen girl who is interested in local boys and is able to lead her brother and sister to Paris with a Jewish boy whose parents have escaped Nazi custody there. The youngest is Marie, a rather loud bossy youngster, and then there is Paul, her slightly older brother whose good friend Henri escapes being taken with his parents when he is away from home during the day. The two decide to hide Henri in a cave but also find out their sister and mother are helping the Resistance. With a rather scary train ride, the siblings must escort Henri to his parents.

I had high hopes for this novel but ultimately I was let down. While I could see it perhaps appealing to a younger reading set, I didn't find the story especially intriguing and Marie was downright annoying (as little sisters can often be). The graphics themselves are all right but not really anything special; I did find some of the scenes drawn by young Paul to be enlightening. I suppose I was expecting to be drawn into this world completely, and I did not feel the story was realistic in how easily the children became involved in the Resistance. However, if the goal was to expose readers to the role of children during the French Resistance, its mission was accomplished, albeit in a light manner. Could be read by an adult in a very short sitting, and might possibly bring younger readers to want to learn more about France's World War II history.
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Resistance, the first in a new trilogy of graphic novels about the French Resistance during World War II is a worthy addition not only to graphic novel collections but also to the wealth of Holocaust literature for children and teens.

The author opens the story by providing some necessary historical background on the Nazi innovation of France in 1940 and the subsequent division of the country into Occupied France, run directly by the Nazis, and "Free France," run by the Vichy government, who collaborated with the Nazis. Paul, a budding artist, his sister, Marie, and his mother live at the Hotel Tessier; Paul's father is a prisoner-of-war. Paul's own drawings, with ragged edges that make it look as if they were torn straight from his sketchpad, provide a running commentary on the plot, and are interspersed with the story panels, offering his personal insights into the characters he encounters.

However, Paul's problems are nothing compared to those of his friend Henri Levy, a Jew who they hide in their wine caves when the Nazis take over their hotel. As the Nazis begin deporting Jews and closing Jewish businesses in the Occupied Zone in 1942, Paul, Marie and the other children in the town struggle to understand what is going on. "Is it bad to be Jewish?" Marie asks her brother. "Of course not," he replies, but he's unable to explain to her why the Jews are being taken away.

When Paul learns of the secret Resistance movement fighting in many ways against the Nazis, he wants to help. While initially he's told he's too young, the local leader realizes that young children could be perfect for transporting information, since no one would suspect them. Soon they are given a test, to see if they are trustworthy.
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In 1942, Paul and his little sister Marie live in the unoccupied region of France. Even though the Germans are supposedly not in control of their part of the country, the people in that region still face food shortages and other hardships. Paul and Marie's father is a prisoner of war to the Germans and their friend Henri and his parents live in fear because they are Jewish. When those fears come true and Henri's parents are taken away, Paul and Marie decide to hide their friend. Soon all three are determined to do more than just hide in fear--they join the Resistance.

The effectively eye-catching cover of this gripping historical fiction title almost makes joining the Resistance seem like a game, but the story inside shows readers that it was a hard decision for anyone to make, especially two young teens and a grade-schooler. Paul, Marie, and Henri are brave and determined, but they are also scared--exactly like the adults around them. It is showing readers how they move past that fear into action that makes this book a thought-provoking read. Jablonski doesn't make the mistake of having the children act like mini adults. They bicker, cry, and complain, just like normal kids their age. But they are also tired of being pushed around, as kids often are, and they decide to act. The adults around them can see the advantages to using children, even though some are more reluctant to do so than others. Ultimately, though, what is best for the cause is what is decided upon and so the kids can join. Their tasks aren't flashy, they don't wave around guns or anything like that, but what they do is still dangerous, deadly, and exciting to read about.
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