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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—This lengthy Carnegie Medal-winning novel is masterfully crafted, written in cinematic prose, and peopled by well-drawn, multidimensional characters. Intense and riveting, it is a mystery, a tale of passion, and a drama about resistance fighters in the Netherlands during World War II. The story unfolds in parallel narratives, most told by an omniscient narrator describing the resistance struggle, and fewer chapters as a narrative told by 15-year-old Tamar, the granddaughter of one of the resistance fighters. The locale and time shift between Holland in 1944 and '45 and England in 1995. The constant dangers faced by the resistance fighters as well as their determination to succeed in liberating their country from German occupation come vividly to life. Dart, Tamar, and Marijke are the main characters in this part of the book. Their loyalty to one another and the movement is palpable though love and jealousy gradually enter the story and painfully change the dynamics. Other characters jeopardize the safety of the group and intensify the life-threatening hazards they face. Peet deftly handles the developing intrigue that totally focuses readers. After her beloved grandfather commits suicide, modern-day Tamar is determined to undercover the mystery contained in a box of seemingly unrelated objects that he has left for her. Peet keeps the story going back and forth in time, and readers must wait till the end of this intricate book to understand fully what happened to these courageous people. This is an extraordinary, gripping novel.—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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*Starred Review* It was her taciturn but beloved grandfather, William Hyde, who gave Tamar her strange name. But in 1995, when she was 15, he committed suicide, leaving her to wonder if she knew him at all. Later, when she opens the box of War II memorabilia that he left her, she's struck by the need to find out what it means, who he really was, and where she fits in. Tension mounts incrementally in an intricate wrapping of wartime drama and secrecy, in which Tamar finds her namesake and herself. Forming the backbone of the novel are intense, sometimes brutal events in a small Dutch town in Nazi-occupied Holland and the relationship between the girl's namesake, a member of the Dutch Resistance; Dart, a code operator assigned to help him; and Marijke, the love of his life. Peet's plot is tightly constructed, and striking, descriptive language, full of metaphor, grounds the story. Most of the characters are adults here, and to some readers, the Dutch history, though deftly woven through the story, will seem remote. But Peet's sturdy, emotionally resonant characterizations and dramatic backdrop will pull readers forward, as will the secret that gradually unravels. Despite foreshadowing, the outcome is still a stunner. Winner of Britain's 2005 Carnegie Medal, this powerful story will grow richer with each reading. Stephanie Zvirin
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Excellent Young Reader book - a great story within accurate historical fiction.Published 4 months ago by Anna M. Boardman
I have read many books in my life. However it’s been a long time since I read something that made me want to rip the book’s pages out. I thought this was Tamar. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Product Lover
This is a gripping tale of World War II espionage...as good as the old Manning Coles. Gripping plot, beautifully drawn characters. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ernest drown
I have always been interested in stories concerning the Holocaust and World War Two, and that is the reason that I originally picked this particular novel, Tamar, off the shelf. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Woodland Park Writer
A quick and enjoyable read, though not, in the end, entirely successful I thought. The core war story is a real page-turner and expertly presented, exciting but not falsely... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Abbott
I read this book for our faculty book club. I really enjoyed the connection to past history and the present. The story was bittersweet with an unexpected ending. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Item delivered on time, was as described, great customer servicePublished 14 months ago by JANET S. EDWARDS
A quick read!!! Nice to read a relatively "light" mystery with a focus from WWII (as opposed to "heavy" ie Ghandi -- Irish in america -- etc) --
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