Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat

by Monica Hesse


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Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

2017 Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Mystery

An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times

"Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us-including young adults-have to make in wartime. A beautiful combination of heartbreak, loss, young love, and hope." -Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

"A tapestry of guilt and acceptance, growing responsibility, and reluctant heroism, Hanneke's coming-of-age under heartbreaking circumstances is a jarring reminder of how war consumes and transforms the passions of ordinary life. Every devastating moment of this beautiful novel is both poignant and powerful, and every word feels true." -Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316260602
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 112,970
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Monica Hesse is an author and journalist with The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

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Girl in the Blue Coat 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that all should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written and deeply expressed. Kept me awake later than I should be and leaves me to read more of thisnauthor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, is a must read for those who lije stories about eorld war two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody should read it. It is captavating! Hesse did such a great job. It is so intresting!! I read the whole book in two hours
Anonymous 4 months ago
Could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book overall but I feel they tried to stuff so much into the ending it ruined it but it's all your opinion
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Intended for a YA audience, the content and subject matter make this book engaging for adults as well. The setting is The Netherlands during World War II. The protagonist is a young woman involved in the black market. A page turning story of young love, war, survival and devotion, this historic novel is intense and powerful. Rich in detail and depth, the spirit of hope underlies the atrocities portrayed throughout this composition. The ravages of war and the price of freedom are issues that are broached with sensitivity and discernment. Losses are agonizing and the challenges of survival are considerable, but hope remains. Excellent reading!
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Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
World War 2 historical fiction books are not in short supply. There are quite a few of them out there, a lot of which I haven't read. However, I have read some really great ones - ones that most everyone else has heard of. You know the ones I am talking about - The Book Thief...Sarah's Key... And so many more. They are powerful, emotional, and intense. Girl in the Blue Coat belongs right up there with all of them. It is a story that is going to stick with you once you finish it. Girl in the Blue Coat is about Hanneke. Hanneke is the main provider for her family despite being a teenager. However, where her parents assume she is working a fair and honest job, she is in fact working for an underground black market. She is the middle man. She is the one who will either go get the desired hard to find item, or she is the one that will deliver it. Cigarettes, chocolate, and all the other hard to get "luxury" items that have become hard to find. Then one day, one of her regulars asks her to find something different. Hanneke is asked to find a missing girl. However, she isn't just any missing girl...she is a Jewish missing girl in the middle of the Netherlands while it is occupied by the Germans. Not a good place to be missing. Hanneke then goes against her better judgement and begins to hunt for the missing girl in the blue coat. And through this journey, the story unfolds into its full glory. Through Girl in the Blue Coat we learn a lot about the Netherlands while it was occupied by the Germans in World War 2. I found this very interesting. Not many stories I have come across have showed this particular country and what it was like then. The fears of the people, both the Jewish and others. The way friends can get torn apart because of war. The loss of loved ones... Girl in the Blue Coat really covered a lot and it covered it beautifully. Well, as beautifully as one can cover something as horrific as World War 2. And even though it is technically historical fiction, I still felt as though I learned a lot from the story. It opened my eyes to a lot of different aspects of World War 2 and for that I am thankful. This is a story that I think any World War 2 historical fiction buff needs to add to their TBR if they haven't already. And be ready to suffer from many many feels. It is worth it though. My Rating 5 Stars Find more of my reviews here: This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Hanneke thought she was rebel. Hanneke thought her actions against the Communist were disastrous to their realm but her actions were only a fraction of what was really happening behind the scenes. I loved it when she finally realized the magnitude of the operations that individuals were doing to diffuse the system that the Germans were trying to put into place. She was confused, overwhelmed and she knew that she would never be able to erase the events and information that she had received. She wanted to know yet she was afraid of knowing. They wanted Hanneke to be a part of their operations for she had talent that they can use yet Hanneke isn’t sure if she wanted to join this large of an organization. Working trades on the black market is a job that she liked just fine. Hanneke is approached by one of her clients to find Mirjam, a girl who her client had hidden in her home. Dealing only in goods, Hanneke denies the request but later decides that finding this Jew, might be the one thing she can do in this mixed up world that she is living in. It’s not an easy request as Hanneke must learn about Mirjam’s life and then pieces together her actions. Where did Mirjam go? There are so many options to consider under the circumstances and Hanneke must consider them all. Did she move to another hiding spot, has someone taken her, did she run away completely or is she slated for deportation? It was a great journey that I took with Hanneke as she searched for Mirjam. Her search leading me into interesting avenues as I heard fantastic stories about individuals whose lives had been changed because of caring individuals and because people let power control their heart. Hanneke had her own demons that followed her on her journey. Bas, his life was taken from him too soon and Hanneke carried this guilt with her. I felt for Hanneke as the story of Bas unfolded. I understood the weight that she carried and her zeal for life. Moving forward will be hard, but mourning forever will not be the answer. She mourns the life of her best friend Elsbeth. Still living, these two girls are no longer close and it’s as if she is no longer there. These two girls are divided because of the war and I could feel the loneliness and the sadness in Hanneke as she moved about her day. I wanted Hanneke to feel connected to someone, to feel the excitement that should come with the excitement of being alive and having another day of freedom. She should have someone to share that with and not be alone, I felt for her. I enjoyed the author’s writing; I felt it reflected that time in history, the oppression, the tone and the sullenness of the times. Another great historical fiction novel. 4.5 stars
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Is this book a great book because i went to read it now but i need someone to tell me what this book is all about before i just read it so i can get the book and read it myself
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