Synopses & Reviews
When the Germans begin bombing London in World War II, Betty is determined to do her part. Instead of running air raid drills like most girls her age, she lies about her age and trains to become a spy. Now known by her secret agent persona, Adele Blanchard, she finds herself parachuting over German-occupied France under the cover of darkness to join the secret Resistance movement. Prepared to die for her cause, Adele wasnt expecting to make a new best friend in her fellow agent or fall for a handsome American pilot. With the brutality of war ever present, can Adele dare to dream of a future where the world is at peace and she is free to live and love of her own accord?
"In May 1944, 17-year-old Betty, a trained spy, is about to parachute into occupied France to help the Resistance. Under the new identity of Adele, a French girl, Betty works as a courier, delivering messages while trying to stay under the Gestapo's radar. 'hat could be more thrilling than scooting around the countryside on a bicycle, carrying top-secret messages... right under the noses of oblivious Germans?' From the prologue readers know that, at some point, Betty gets captured, which adds to the tension each time she begins a new assignment. McAuley (Over and Over You) has clearly done her research; historical facts are smoothly woven into the narrative, and the details of Betty's assignments, such as spying on a factory or passing along codes, feel real. Less believable are characters like Robbie, a downed American pilot, or Pierre, a Frenchman fighting for his country, both of whom fall for Betty in a way that feels more manufactured than organic. Still, Betty is a daring and relatable heroine, and the challenges she faces will keep readers engaged. Ages 12 up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
AMY McAULEY is the author of Over and Over You. She likes to read, bake, cycle, camp, garden, and watch movies. She lives in London, Ontario, with her family and two cats. www.amymacauley.com