Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people.
Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis' supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works -- in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Though the Jewish resistance never had much of a chance against the Nazis, they were determined to save as many lives as possible, and to live -- or die -- with honor.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the stand-alone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; the second book in the Horizon series, Deadzone; Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines; and The Traitor's Game, the first book in a series of the same name. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
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Two minutes. That's how long I had to get past this Nazi.
He needed time to check my papers, inquire about my business inside the ghetto. Maybe he wanted a few seconds to flirt with a pretty Polish girl. Or for her to flirt back.
But no more than two minutes. Any longer and he might realize my papers are forged. That it's Jewish blood in my veins, no matter how Aryan I look.
"Guten morgen." This one greeted me with a smile and a hand on my arm. I learned early not to smuggle anything inside the sleeves of my coat. You only had to be stupid once, and the game was over.
This officer was younger than most, which I once believed would give me an advantage. I'd thought the younger ones would be more naive, and maybe they were. But they were also ambitious, eager to prove themselves, and fully aware that capturing someone like me could earn them an early promotion.
"Guten morgen," I replied in German, but with a perfect Polish accent. I smiled again, like we were old friends. Like I wasn't as willing to kill him as he was my people. "Wie geht's?" I didn't care how he was doing, on this morning or any other, but I asked because it kept his attention on my face rather than my bag.
Like other ghettos throughout Poland, Tarnow Ghetto had been sealed since nearly the beginning of the war, cut off from the outside world. Cut off from Jews in other ghettos. This isolation gave total power to the German invaders. Power to control, to lie, and to kill.
For the past three months, I'd worked as a courier for a resistance movement known as Akiva. My job was to break through that isolation, to warn the people, and to help them survive, if I could. But we were increasingly aware that time was running out.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was shocking and a page turner from the very beginning. The book is a historical fiction based around a Jewish girl, Chaya Linder, who fought against the Germans as a resistance fighter. After her family heard that she would be in the next group to be taken out of their ghetto Chaya’s family found a way to smuggle her out of the ghetto and she began to make her way to her grandmother’s house. On her way she is found by a group of resistance fighters, and joins their ranks. After she joins she ends up in many close situations and tries to help as many people as she can. Her job as a courier leads her to sneaking into many different ghettos across Poland. This book is very good and is very well written. I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, and fiction in general. People interested in World War II, especially the Jewish perspective of the war, would enjoy this book because it gives an amazing look into the Jewish resistance movement in Poland during the German control. Resistance was amazing and I would greatly enjoy reading it again. Review by Bolden B, 16, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
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I liked this book. I liked the characters in this book. I like when I can find a book with a good story and also learn something at the same time. I had a hard time putting this book down. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.