By Maryann Macdonald
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2013
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.
It took me a while to get into this book. It started off with general information that I already knew, so I wasn't optimistic. Then Odette got sent to the country, and things got more interesting. She was trying to hide the fact that she was Jewish from everyone there. I was so glad that she was in the safest place possible at the time and was worried she would be found out.
The author's note at the end was great, too. I liked that it was in verse. It's a great way to read historical fiction. Check it out!