Village of Scoundrels
Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right. Among them is a young Jewish boy who learns to forge documents to save his mother and later goes on to save hundreds of lives with his forgery skills. There is also a girl who overcomes her fear to carry messages for the Resistance. And a boy who smuggles people into Switzerland. But there is always the threat that they will be caught: A policeman is sent to keep an eye on them, German soldiers reside in a local hotel, and eventually the Gestapo arrives, armed with guns and a list of names. As the knot tightens, the young people must race against time to bring their friends to safety.
Cast of characters. French pronunciation guide. Epilogue with further historical information and photographs. Time line. Bibliography.
JLG Release: Jun 2020
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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.8; Points: 9;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Neurodivergence; Discrimination: Religious; Language: Mild Language; Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
World War II (1939–1945), Jewish Holocaust (1941–1945), Underground movements, Refugees, Jews, German occupation of France (1940–1945), Maquis (French Resistance fighters), Secondary schools, Friendship,