Synopses & Reviews
The final installment in Carla Jablonskis 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.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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. carlajablonski.com
Leland Purvi s is a self-taught comics artist and writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, a cat, and a turtle.
Reading Group Guide
is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?
Do you feel differently about the appropriateness of kids getting involved in war after Jacques gets killed and Paul gets wounded?
What do you think about how everyone in the Tessier family treats the aunt? How would you treat a family member who was behaving similarly?
Paul, Jacques, and other Resistance members mount an attack on the German trains that causes the Germans to respond by killing innocent people in a nearby town. Do you think that such an attack - especially when France was already winning the war - was worth the consequences?
Several people in the story turn out to be walking the line between collaboration and resistance. What do you think of their actions?
Do you think France after WWII will go back to being the same as it was before the war? What might be different?
Would you be a good Resistance member? What skills do you have that the Resistance might find useful?
What do you think about Pauls behavior towards his mother throughout the book? What would you do if one of your own family members was making serious life choices you didnt agree with?
After being involved with the Resistance, do you think it will be easy for Paul and Marie and Henri to go back to being kids again - in the eyes of their parents and the law? What might make this a difficult transition for them?