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A Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner

A fresh take on the WWII/Holocaust story, Black Radishes is the suspenseful tale of one boy who learns what it means to be both Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing.

Gustave doesn't want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews.

When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? That is nearly impossible.

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Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes is a suspenseful WWII/Holocaust story, in which one boy learns what it means to be Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing.

Gustave doesn't want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews.

When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? That is nearly impossible.

About the Author

SUSAN LYNN MEYER grew up in the United States, where her father, along with his sister and mother, found refuge after escaping Nazi-occupied France in 1942. Black Radishes is based on Meyer's father's years in Saint-Georges and his family's eventual escape to America. Susan teaches English at Wellesley College. Black Radishes is her first novel. Please visit Susan at susanlynnmeyer.com.

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Beverly B, February 22, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Black Radishes is a WWII historical fiction with a twist. Gustave and his family live in Paris. At first Gustave and his friends think France is too strong militarily and too committed to liberty politically to succumb to the German army. Gustave believes in the French motto, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," and he believes all of the French people do too, so he is shocked when he experiences violent anti-semitism, and the French army is quickly defeated by the Germans. His family flees Paris, and luckily, there new home is just outside the occupied zone. Although there are some tense moments and couple of exciting events, the characters and story are not really compelling. Gustave is the only character the reader gets to know, and he is mostly flat. We learn little about him other than he was a loyal friend, and he was brave and clever in the face of danger. Sadly, we learn almost nothing of the Resistance and how they operated, or the black market and how it saved so many lives during the war. Black Radishes is a short quick read, so it will hold the attention of most readers, but there have been so many truly outstanding YA historical fiction novels published in the last few years, that Black Radishes is a bit of a disappointment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375858222
Author:
Meyer, Susan Lynn
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.41 x 0.6 in 0.355 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Synopsis" by , Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes is a suspenseful WWII/Holocaust story, in which one boy learns what it means to be Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing.

Gustave doesn't want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews.

When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? That is nearly impossible.

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