Resistance, Book 1
By Carla Jablonski & Leland Purvis
Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 121 pgs. Graphic novel.
Paul Tessier and his family live in Vichy ("Free") France during World War II. Although they don't have the same troubles their countrymen do in Occupied France, they still find themselves in great danger when they try to help their neighbors, the Levys, who are Jewish. Paul and his sister Marie hide their friend, Henri, in the wine cellar after his parents are taken and then help smuggle him and some secret information from the Resistance to their northern compatriots. For tweens and teens, Resistance is a fine, suspenseful, personal introduction to the terrors of the Holocaust, and of the work of the Resistance in World War II. Although the book's cover is bland, the interior panels are richly nuanced, drawn, and colored. Young people should really enjoy this book, if they know to look inside.