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Defiance: Resistance Book 2
     

Defiance: Resistance Book 2

by Carla Jablonski, Leland Purvis (Illustrator)
 

When Nazis invade, what can kids do to fight them?

World War II has taken its toll on the French countryside. German soldiers patrol the towns, searching for any challenge to their rule. The Tessier siblings, Paul, Marie, and Sophie, keep their noses clean and their faces blank as the French military police tighten their grip on their small country town. But all

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When Nazis invade, what can kids do to fight them?

World War II has taken its toll on the French countryside. German soldiers patrol the towns, searching for any challenge to their rule. The Tessier siblings, Paul, Marie, and Sophie, keep their noses clean and their faces blank as the French military police tighten their grip on their small country town. But all three are secretly doing their part for the Resistance: the men and women working hard to undermine the Germans and win back France's freedom . . . even if it ends up costing them their lives.
Written by Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis, Defiance is the second volume in a trilogy about children fighting on a secret front of World War II.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second volume of this trilogy about the French Resistance to Nazi occupation during WWII, starts out with a historical description of the occupation, explaining the role of the Resistance, the relationships that develop between the French citizens and the Nazi officers, and the black market for rationed goods. The story centers on Paul, the youngest member of the local Resistance. At 14, he can get away with playing innocent as grown men can't, and he papers the walls of the city with anti-Nazi posters. Soon his sisters are also involved in the effort, all of them hoping that their father, a prisoner of war, will soon return to them. When Paul is nearly caught, he runs off to join the "maquis," members of the Resistance who are living in the woods outside the city, leaving his sisters to wonder what's happened to him. Purvis's bright, clear drawings illustrate a fairly basic story. The history lesson is made dynamic and interesting for young readers throughout. The story moves fairly slowly, though, and one is aware throughout that a history lesson is being taught. (July)
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
In Jablonski and Purvis' graphic novel Resistance, French siblings Paul and Marie Tessier secretly joined the French Resistance during World War II and helped their Jewish friend Henri escape the German occupiers. Now in Defiance, the entire Tessier family—once so united in their secret fight against the Germans—find themselves weighed down by the stresses of war and personal hardships. Paul's older sister Sylvie is reluctant to gather information for the Resistance by dating a German soldier, while his mother is being bullied by German occupiers who steal the family's wine, making the Tessiers wonder if their winery will survive. But when Paul winds up joining an armed French militant group that's scheduled to be raided by the Germans, his siblings must work together to save not only the Resistance but Paul as well. This second installment in the "Resistance" graphic novel series is in many ways even more tense and suspenseful than the first book, as readers see how wartime stress can test even the strongest of resolves. It's also notable that Jablonski, to her credit, doesn't stereotype all the Germans as bigoted monsters but shows a few soldiers displaying naivete, loneliness, and even genuine courtesy. It's an intriguing look at an often overlooked piece of World War II history, told in an effective cinematic style. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Can one boy make a difference? This title attempts to answer that question, while providing an interesting exploration into the role that children may have played during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Paul, 14, hates the Nazis for taking away his basic freedoms. While he uses his artistic skill to create maps for the French Resistance, he never feels as though he's doing enough. He longs to join the Resistance soldiers in the woods as a member of a group known as the Maquis, but he stays behind to help look after his younger sister. Jablonski provides a quiet family tale that is reflected in Purvis's bright, sunny art, which will surely disarm readers expecting a grisly World War II story. The characters are well developed and complex. The artistic style is reminiscent of animation storyboard, and the completed work translates well as a graphic novel. Younger readers will probably enjoy the art more than the story, which is somewhat slow-paced and anticlimactic.—Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

A sharp follow-up toResistance(2010) takes place one year after French teenager Paul Tessier joined the Resistance and helped his Jewish friend Henri escape the Nazis.

With the Germans still occupying France, Paul's village has hit hard times; there are sudden arrests, dwindling ration coupons and a general sense of distrust and fear among his peers. The Tessier patriarch is still a POW, and with his absence, the family grows ever more apprehensive. Paul's artistic talent lands him in trouble's way after he uses them to aid the Resistance. This act of defiance hurtles his two sisters, Sylvie and Marie, into a dangerous search to locate Paul and bring him home safely when they suspect he's taken to the woods to join a group of radical Resistance fighters hiding in the mountains. Sylvie and young Marie find themselves on an extremely perilous mission; they are two young girls very much in a man's world—and war. Stylistically tighter than the previous volume, this offering has clearly plotted word balloons against a brighter, less scratchy background. Jablonski adds an author's note with a terse history of Charles DeGaulle, a helpful addendum that provides depth to the historical scope. Paul's tale does not resolve at story's close, leaving readers waiting for the third and final volume.

A crisp, edge-of-your seat historical tale.(Historical graphic fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596432925
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Series:
Resistance Series , #2
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
552,864
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
GN300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Carla Jablonski has written dozens of bestselling books for children. She is also the author of the teen books Thicker Than Water and Silent Echoes. In her spare time, she is an actress, playwright, and trapeze artist.
Leland Purvis has written and illustrated graphic novels for Dark Horse, GT Labs, and Simon & Schuster. He is also part of the innovative online comics collective Act-i-vate.

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