Magali is a fifteen-year-old growing up in the “free” part of France. She is frustrated with the government pacifying/helping the Nazis. She sees refugees traveling through her town, some staying and some passing through. She is angry at the adults around her that refuse to take a stand and fight the injustices and decides to help Paquerette rescue children from a concentration camp. Although Magali is scared and horrified by what she sees, she keeps doing what she is called to do. Will she continue her mission even after those she loves are in danger from her actions?
This is an atypical WWII story, one unlike any other I have read. I enjoyed it very much. This is a great story of a girl whose childhood was shortened by war and was forced to grow up too fast. We are reminded from her story to count the cost of our actions. My favorite part of this book is how realistic it is. There are scenes that are painful to read, but it makes the story come alive. Readers never know what will happen next.
This book is a quick read with a wide variety of characters that are each endearing in their own way. Munn and Munn did an excellent job with keeping the numerous characters separate and describing them so that readers can really imagine them. The descriptions throughout the book make it easy for readers to visualize the sights.
Many different readers would enjoy this book. I think it would be a great read for teens, both to give them insight into life during WWII in France, but also because they could really identify with the struggles of Magali. I would recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.