By: Carla Jabonski & Leland Purvis
Continuing on from the second book, Paul and his older sister continue to work for the Resistance unbeknownst to their mother who has given up her part in the shady dealings to keep her family safe. The eldest girl's boyfriend is deeply involved with the movement causing her to wonder whether he really likes her or is just using her to get information from the Germans. Paul is working independently putting irreverent drawings around town of the Germans which are starting to cause a fuss. At this time in the history of the occupation we learn of the French police force started and run by the Germans called the Milice. A German military police force manned by French residents, obviously not a popular group with the locals. Throughout the plot we also learn of the Maquis, resistance groups hiding out in the forests planning for the moment when they can attack back. We learn of Philippe Petain, the leader of the new French State which worked in cooperation with the Nazis and we see the benefits that women were able to garner for themselves and their families if they fraternized with the Germans. Sometimes this was often a very hard decision to make when children were involved. The book ends with the family members not in accord with each other but with a ray of hope for the future as they celebrate a birthday and letter received from Papa. A grand sequel to the first book. I'm very much looking forward to where the final book will take us as I am expecting something tragic to happen.
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.
Isle of the Lost
The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa de La Cruz is a prequel to the upcoming Disney Channel movie, The Descendants and it follows the children of Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and The Evil Queen from Snow White. This novel really does an excellent job of setting up what transpired after happily ever after and capturing our favorite despicable villains on the page. Not only is this novel extremely engrossing, it has a plethora of snarky humor that will make readers laugh and smile on nearly every page. Any Disney fanatic, young or old, will easily find themselves falling in love with The Isle Of The Lost and will be clamoring for book two and the movie
Beastkeeper is an upper middle grade novel that draws a lot of inspiration from fairy tales when it comes to the style, the characters, and the plot. While it got really compelling towards the latter two thirds, the first third suffered from the effects of being chapters written solely for the purpose for setting the stage and introducing the characters. While having a proper set-up is essential in any novel, and surely younger readers will not find this as noticeable, older readers (like myself) will definitely pick up on it right off the bat. Still, it was certainly worth the read as Beastkeeper tells a story that’s whimsical and eerie and perfectly fantastical
Isle of the Lost
Robot Check: ISBN, publisher, genre, review, and grades from http://www.amazon.com/Defiance-Resistance-Book-Carla-Jablonski/dp/1596432926/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448979209&sr=1-1&keywords=resistance+book+2
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"Resistance: Book 1 Paperback"- (April 27, 2010) Resistance review from http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/resistance-book-1
Robot Check: isle of the lost review from http://www.amazon.com/The-Isle-Lost-Descendants-Novel/dp/1484720970
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Beastkeeper review http://www.amazon.com/Beastkeeper-Cat-Hellisen/dp/0805099808
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