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Lisa's War

Lisa's War

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by Carol Matas

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Matas offers a powerful account of a young Jewish girl who fights back after the Germans invade Denmark in 1940. Lisa, 12, and her brother Stefan join the Danish resistance when the Germans invade Copenhagen. Stefan is deeply involved in the movement, undertaking missions to sabotage German-run factories, while Lisa and her friend Susanne distribute pamphlets published by the resistance. When Susanne's parents are killed by the Germans, Lisa, too, becomes as involved as Stefan. Over the three-year period that this book documents, thousands of Danish Jews must flee their country to save themselves; Lisa and Stefan risk their own lives helping hundreds of Jews escape safely to Sweden. Lisa describes her experiences in the first - person present tense, creating a potent immediacy. Through the riveting narration, the rising tension in the country is effectively conveyed. An unsettling, important novel. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-- Lisa is 12 years old when the Nazis invade Denmark. Angered at her country's surrendering without a fight, Lisa and her family each join the resistance, doing their part for their country while trying to hide their activities from the others. Lisa starts with a small assignment of delivering some pamphlets (and finds that frightening enough), but by the end she is helping to organize a mass evacuation of Danish Jews to Sweden. As a counterpoint to Lisa's family's activist attitudes is her cousin Erik and his family, whose complacent ``it can't happen here'' attitude is shattered by Gestapo raids on Rosh Hashanah. Despite the dramatic plot, the characters (and therefore the book) never quite come to life. Readers may feel a chill of horror when Lisa's father describes a delivery room massacre which spares only the newborn infant, or pity Erik's parents when they are forced finally to face the reality that they've been denying for so long, but Lisa does not earn the emotional investment required to anchor the novel. Nathaniel Benchley's Bright Candles (Harper, 1974) is a much superior book dealing with the Danish resistance. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.

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5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
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7 - 12 Years

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Lisa's War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
otulissa More than 1 year ago
Lisa's war is the story of a girl who takes after he father. He troubles seem to start when her friend is blown up for playing American music. Lisa joins a reistance movement. The story is very gripping and Lisa herself is a likeable character. something that is getting harder to find in books these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was wel thought out. It told the whole story, and left nothing out. The only thing is, I am still pondering over what happened to Jesper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would think that Lisa would save a whole tropp to Sweden? This is a great book. It showed me how one person can make a difference and how life was lke doring the time of Worl War 2. I think many kids should read this book to find out information about that time just like I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about a girl named Lisa who joins the Danish resistance movement with her brother Stefan. At first she was always afraid and threw up whenever she needed to do something that was scary but finally she stopped being afraid and led a troop of Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.We recommend this book to others because it is inspiring and exciting. Anyone who likes adventure and realistic episodes from the war would love this book.