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ISBN13: 9781599907505
ISBN10: 159990750x
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Odette is a young Jewish girl living in Paris during a dangerous time. The Nazis have invaded the city, and every day brings new threats. After Odettes father enlists in the French army and her mother joins the Resistance, Odette is sent to the countryside until it is safe to return.

On the surface, she leads the life of a regular girl—going to school, doing chores, and even attending Catholic Mass with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets about the life she left behind and her true identity.

Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyers—and written in moving free-verse poetry—this is a story of courage, of determination to survive, and of a young girl forced to hide in plain sight.

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"Odette's life in Paris is happy until Jewish shopkeepers' stores start being vandalized and rumors of war become fact. With her father in the army, Odette, her mother, and her beloved godmother are left to manage under the growing restrictions against Jews. Eventually, Odette is sent to the countryside — safer, but not devoid of anti-Semitism — where she spends the rest of the war as a hidden child. When the war ends, Odette, no longer sure how Jewish she feels, is reluctant to return to Paris, memorably described, like the rest of postwar France, as a 'gigantic Lost and Found' for Jews seeking missing family members. As Odette starts to understand the extent of the losses her community has suffered, she rediscovers her identity as a Jew. Macdonald used the real Odette's auto- biography as the basis for this book, and her free-verse narrative is charming and effective. Although Odette's age is never given, her youthful perspective and the overall nonspecificity about the war, make the book best suited to readers on the younger end of the target audience. Ages 10 — 14. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Inspired by a true story, this moving free verse novel chronicles the journey of a young Jewish girl living in Paris during World War II who must masquerade as a Christian in the French countryside to avoid deportation to the death camps.

Synopsis:

For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, every day brings new dangers. So when Odette's father is thrown into a work camp and the Nazis suspect her mother of helping the Resistance, Odette is sent to the French countryside until it is safe to return. On the surface, Odette leads the life of a regular girl, going to school, doing chores, even attending Catholic masses with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets for the life she left behind, and the identity she must hide at all costs. Yet when the war ends, the cost of keeping secrets takes an unexpected toll: can Odette return to Paris as a Jew, or has she changed too much? Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

Synopsis:

For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, nowhere is safe. So when Odette Meyer's father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette's mother takes desperate measures to protect her, sending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian-and attending Catholic masses-with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she's lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

About the Author

Maryann Macdonald has written more than twenty books, incuding The Costume Copycat (Dial) and The Little Piano Girl (Houghton Mifflin) www.maryannmacdonald.comDaniel Meyers is the son of Odette Meyers, whose life story informed the novel. He lives in Paris, France

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, June 3, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Odette was four years old living in Paris with her mother and father at the outbreak of World War II. Right away her father volunteered for the army and went off to fight. As time went by things got more and more difficult for Jewish families in Paris, and Odette’s mother made plans for where they would go if they needed to escape the city.

Odette’s real life story has been brought to life in fiction for young readers in Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald. After reading Odette’s autobiography, Macdonald knew her story must be told, and she tells it in a child’s voice. This makes the tale even more poignant, as we see the events in Paris and then in the countryside of France through a young person’s eyes.

While the dangers for Odette and her mother were real, we see the multitude of non-Jews who helped them escape detainment during the war years. There’s the couple she calls godmother and godfather, who own the building Odette lives in and who help her escape the city. There’s the family in southern France who welcome several children into their household, certainly at risk to themselves and their own children.

But Odette learns she must keep secrets and disguise her true identity because some people are not so willing to help. As she learns to be a good Catholic, she also questions the differences between the religion she was born into and the one she embraces in order to escape detection. The story is fascinating, and Macdonald stays true to how a child would see the issues she is facing.

Odette’s Secrets is not only a great novel to introduce young readers to the story of Jews in France during World War II, it’s also a good book to read overall. I highly recommend it.

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599907505
Author:
Macdonald, Maryann
Publisher:
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Author:
MacDonald, Maryann
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Subject:
Children's poetry
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Holocaust
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW Photographs
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.0625 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Odette's life in Paris is happy until Jewish shopkeepers' stores start being vandalized and rumors of war become fact. With her father in the army, Odette, her mother, and her beloved godmother are left to manage under the growing restrictions against Jews. Eventually, Odette is sent to the countryside — safer, but not devoid of anti-Semitism — where she spends the rest of the war as a hidden child. When the war ends, Odette, no longer sure how Jewish she feels, is reluctant to return to Paris, memorably described, like the rest of postwar France, as a 'gigantic Lost and Found' for Jews seeking missing family members. As Odette starts to understand the extent of the losses her community has suffered, she rediscovers her identity as a Jew. Macdonald used the real Odette's auto- biography as the basis for this book, and her free-verse narrative is charming and effective. Although Odette's age is never given, her youthful perspective and the overall nonspecificity about the war, make the book best suited to readers on the younger end of the target audience. Ages 10 — 14. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Inspired by a true story, this moving free verse novel chronicles the journey of a young Jewish girl living in Paris during World War II who must masquerade as a Christian in the French countryside to avoid deportation to the death camps.
"Synopsis" by ,
For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, every day brings new dangers. So when Odette's father is thrown into a work camp and the Nazis suspect her mother of helping the Resistance, Odette is sent to the French countryside until it is safe to return. On the surface, Odette leads the life of a regular girl, going to school, doing chores, even attending Catholic masses with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets for the life she left behind, and the identity she must hide at all costs. Yet when the war ends, the cost of keeping secrets takes an unexpected toll: can Odette return to Paris as a Jew, or has she changed too much? Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.
"Synopsis" by ,
For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, nowhere is safe. So when Odette Meyer's father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette's mother takes desperate measures to protect her, sending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian-and attending Catholic masses-with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she's lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.
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