Vic­to­ry: Resis­tance Book 3

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By – February 26, 2013

Vic­to­ry by Car­la Jablon­s­ki, illus­trat­ed by Leland Purvis, is the third in the Resis­tance tril­o­gy. In this graph­ic nov­el, set in 1944, French sib­lings Sylvie, Paul and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more to deliv­er top-secret intel­li­gence for the Resis­tance move­ment. The sto­ry shows chil­dren in im­portant roles, at times pow­er­ful and at times pow­er­less. This is a dark sto­ry with stress­ful encoun­ters from begin­ning to end. Vic­to­ry makes World War II come alive for chil­dren and flesh­es out how mis­er­able life must have been for those in Vichy France. An epi­logue and author’s note lay out some addi­tion­al facts. Inter­ac­tions between the char­ac­ters are tense. The pro­tag­o­nists are upset that their father is still miss­ing. The Tessier chil­dren also sus­pect oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers of col­lab­o­rat­ing with the occu­py­ing Ger­mans who took over the Jew­ish neighbor’s house. At the end of the book, the Jew­ish neigh­bor turns up in Paris but his par­ents are gone. It is implied that they were sent to death camps. Visu­al­ly the col­ors are dark as much of the action takes place at night as the char­ac­ters sneak around on recon­naissance mis­sions. Ashen com­plex­ions con­vey a depressed out­look and dimin­ished rations. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 10 and up.

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