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Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal (2005)

by Mal Peet

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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—This lengthy Carnegie Medal-winning novel is masterfully crafted, written in cinematic prose, and peopled by well-drawn, multidimensional characters. Intense and riveting, it is a mystery, a tale of passion, and a drama about resistance fighters in the Netherlands during World War II. The story unfolds in parallel narratives, most told by an omniscient narrator describing the resistance struggle, and fewer chapters as a narrative told by 15-year-old Tamar, the granddaughter of one of the resistance fighters. The locale and time shift between Holland in 1944 and '45 and England in 1995. The constant dangers faced by the resistance fighters as well as their determination to succeed in liberating their country from German occupation come vividly to life. Dart, Tamar, and Marijke are the main characters in this part of the book. Their loyalty to one another and the movement is palpable though love and jealousy gradually enter the story and painfully change the dynamics. Other characters jeopardize the safety of the group and intensify the life-threatening hazards they face. Peet deftly handles the developing intrigue that totally focuses readers. After her beloved grandfather commits suicide, modern-day Tamar is determined to undercover the mystery contained in a box of seemingly unrelated objects that he has left for her. Peet keeps the story going back and forth in time, and readers must wait till the end of this intricate book to understand fully what happened to these courageous people. This is an extraordinary, gripping novel ( )
  EBurggraf | Apr 1, 2014 |
good story well told didn't seem like a YA to me ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
How do you criticize a book awarded a Carnegie medal? There were parts of this book which enthralled me, and parts that seemed just a bit contrived. I guessed the plot twist early on which didn't make it less interesting, but stories where the endings are wrapped up neatly (to me) makes the difference between a good book and a great book. ( )
  jamaicanmecrazy | Nov 16, 2013 |
This was Michael's book report selection for a novel about World War II. The book switches back and forth between the present and 1945. The main character, a teenage girl, Tamar, is shaken by the apparent suicide of her grandfather. He was a member of the Dutch resistance during the war and had the code name, Tamar. The story is a bit of a mystery as Tamar tries to learn about why her grandfather killed himself. The WWII part of the story is loosely based on the Dutch resistance at the end of the war. Tamar is one of the organizers of the Dutch resistance and he and his partner Dart send regular coded messages to England to coordinate drop shipments of food and supplies, as well as alert the English about the German actions in the Netherlands. The book is based on a true story of how one cell in the Dutch resistance decided to create a road block to steal a truckload of pork. Instead, they end up stopping the staff car of General Hans Rauter, the highest ranking Nazi in the Netherlands. All of the Germans, except for Rauter are killed and Rauter is seriously injured. In retribution, Rauter orders the public execution of hundreds of Dutch men and boys. This story was very well written and a perfect selection of WWII fiction. It included espionage, a bit of a love story, a mystery, and very realistic descriptions of a country occupied by the enemy. I definitely would recommend this for late middle school or high school students (it was a little bit old for my 6th grader). ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
The war story links with the contemporary one through the character of the granddaughter who has the same name as the grandfather. This book has so many satisfying threads: there are two love stories, there is a war story of thwarting the Nazis in occupied Netherlands, and at the heart of it all is a question of identity. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Mal Peet's second novel is utterly unlike his first, Keeper, save in one respect: the quality of the writing. This sombre and distinguished book is as fine a piece of storytelling as you are likely to read this year.
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Now available - the Carnegie Medal winner comes to the U.S.

When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.

From acclaimed British sensation Mal Peet comes a masterful story of adventure, love, secrets, and betrayal in time of war, both past and present.

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In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.… (more)

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Editions: 0763634883, 0763641219, 0763640638

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