Victory: Resistance Book 3

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The final installment in Carla Jablonski’s Sydney Taylor Honor-winning Resistance trilogy.

World War II thunders to a conclusion in this third and final installment of Jablonski and Purvis’ critically-acclaimed historical trilogy. As the Allied Forces move to retake France from its Nazi invaders, siblings Sophie, Paul, and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more and journey into the belly of the beast: Paris. They are on a mission to ...

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Overview

The final installment in Carla Jablonski’s Sydney Taylor Honor-winning Resistance trilogy.

World War II thunders to a conclusion in this third and final installment of Jablonski and Purvis’ critically-acclaimed historical trilogy. As the Allied Forces move to retake France from its Nazi invaders, siblings Sophie, Paul, and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more and journey into the belly of the beast: Paris. They are on a mission to deliver top-secret intel for the Resistance movement . . . they are its youngest agents.

A perfect mix of deft emotional storytelling and hairraising, historically accurate wartime adventure make this final chapter of the Resistance Trilogy the most satisfying yet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The conclusion to Jablonski and Purvis’s Resistance trilogy is a fast-paced and gritty piece of work. It’s near the end of WWII, and the resistance fighters in occupied Vichy France are starting to get the taste of impending victory. The protagonist, Paul, is a hotheaded youngster who doesn’t understand why he should be doing anything but planning how to kill more Nazis. After being told that his group’s attack on a troop train is probably going to result in mass punitive executions of civilians, and asked what the attack gained, he snaps with all the reckless bravery of youth, “The more dead, the fewer to fight.” This black-white dichotomy is made grayer by the involvement of some of Paul’s family with the Nazis. The artwork’s bright colors and somewhat stiff lines emphasize the blazing emotions being tossed around. While the righteousness of the cause is never questioned, the authors do a good job of making it clear how bloody and morally messy even the most noble fighting can be. Ages 12–up. (July)
VOYA - Katie Mitchell
It is 1944 and WWII rages on. Although the Allies have landed in Normandy, the French countryside is still awash in terror. The Tessier siblings and their mother are still actively involved in the French Resistance, but their roles are pulling them in different directions and creating friction at home. Beautiful Sylvie, who once scoffed at her designated role as flirt, has found that she actually cares for soldier Erich, despite his Nazi affiliation. Paul has embarked on more dangerous missions, ones that include sabotage and deaths. Marie is chaffing at being considered a "little" girl and yearns to prove her worth. Meanwhile, Mrs. Tessier continues to worry about her POW husband and argue with her sister, who believes the French Resistance is a lost cause and that they should align themselves with the Nazis. When Marie discovers an injured Ally soldier in the woods, she and her siblings must work together to safely transport the message he was carrying to Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Although this will be their most dangerous mission, it is also the one which could assure an Allied victory. The final installment of the Resistance trilogy, Victory deftly pulls together the various storylines and characters. While readers would benefit from (and enjoy) reading the first two volumes, it is not necessary to have done so to enjoy the third book. The storyline is brisk and edgy, complementing the worn nerves of people who have lived through war. Purvis's illustrations have a pop-art appeal, not unlike the work of Roy Lichtenstein. Fans of graphic art and WWII will appreciate this book, as well as reluctant readers who are interested in historical fiction. Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Paul is really good at drawing. So good, in fact, that the resistance movement in occupied France has put him to work drawing maps and scenes from the war for them. Paul is in his early teens. This is the third book in the "Resistance" trilogy, which follows the Tessier family through World War II. Each of the children has a different role to play in the resistance. Although the topic is fascinating and unique for this audience, there is a contrived feeling to this series. It feels just a little too dogmatic. The reader never truly connects with the characters, and the illustrations, though in beautiful full-color, feel amateurish and uneven. Purvis excels at drawing places but does not excel at drawing people and unfortunately there are a lot of human figures in this story. Although this topic is important and worth covering in an adventure-style historical fiction graphic novel like this, hopefully many other cartoonists will follow and be more successful at using this format to its greatest extent. Book three of the "Resistance" series. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Jablonski wraps up her compelling story, which takes place during World War II. By 1944, all three Tessier siblings find themselves involved with the Resistance movement. Paul's espionage activities include serving as a courier and creating drawings that detail important logistical information for the underground forces. Sylvie, under the guise of dating a German soldier, is able to obtain sensitive enemy intelligence. Marie discovers a pilot from a downed Resistance aircraft and hides him in the wine cellar. Everyone has secrets and all are involved in political and personal intrigue. Paul's accomplice, Jacques, succinctly sums it up, saying, "the best allies in this war are those you don't trust." The climactic conclusion takes Paul and Jacques to Paris where they meet former coconspirator Henri and witness de Gaulle's triumphal march through the streets of the city. The story reaches a satisfying visual and emotional finale with the illumination of the Eiffel Tower, after four years of darkness. The expressive faces of the characters convey the tension during those days. Purvis effectively uses two color palettes: darker muted colors to depict night scenes and subversive activity and lighter, brighter daylight scenes. While the three volumes work together to tell a story of one family and its community involvement during the German occupation of France, this final installment stands as a discrete story for those not familiar with the first two volumes. Introductory matter and concluding author's notes provide helpful information.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432932
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Series: Resistance Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 667,629
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Jablonski is a novelist, performer, and playwright. Her most recent books Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes were selected for the New York Public Libraries “Books for the Teen Age” list.

Leland Purvi s is a self-taught comics artist and writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, a cat, and a turtle.

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Reading Group Guide

Following the lives of Henri, Paul, and Marie, and the story begun in Resistance and Defiance, Victory continues the tale of three kids who want to do their part to overthrow the Nazis during the German Occupation of France during World War II.

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