Set in 1942 in France, this is the story of Marcel who is forced to make tough decisions. Will he join his parents in resisting the Nazis, or will he report them? When a friend needs help, will he help her? This is a story of family, humanity, and compassion in a time that those characteristics are sorely lacking. Marcel is a boy who loves to cycle and he is a big fan of the Tour de France. He and his friends are training to ride in the big race someday. When World War II breaks out, the race is cancelled and life changes a lot for Marcel. Marcel discovers, to his surprise, that his parents have been helping the French Resistance. He decides to join the fight by bringing secret notes hidden in his mother’s baked goods to fellow resisters. Using his bicycle he is able to sneak past the enemy soldiers. If they do see him, once they taste his mother’s treats, they do not suspect him. Will he make it past those soldiers when it counts the most in order to save his friend and her family? The intensifying pace, courageous characters, and suspenseful tone of this novel will keep readers on the edges of their seats. Readers will be cheering Marcel on. The accessible writing style makes this a great read!
Recommended for ages 8 – 11.