Genevieve's War

Genevieve's War

Book - 2017
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Ages 8-12.
In August 1939 Genevieve makes an impulsive decision not to get on train to take her to boat back New York and must spend the duration of World War II with her grandmother in a small village in Alsace, France, where she becomes involved with the French resistance.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823438006
Characteristics: 222 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jul 06, 2017

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

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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