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

by Mal Peet

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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 |
I believe this book is meant for the young adult market, though it proved a perfectly good old adult read in my case. The early sections are complex and it was a while before I understood what was going on, as the main characters - two Dutch special agents - are parachuted into their homeland during the final stages of the Nazi occupation in order to co-ordinate the local resistance. Anything to do with espionage or covert operations tends to confuse me and this was no exception.

The 1940s sections are interspersed with a modern-day storyline involving one of the characters' descendants, and as we met the modern characters for the first time it appeared that the ending of the wartime story had been given away. I suspected there would be more to it, and immediately decided there would be a twist and predicted what it would be. It turned out I was totally correct (modest cough), but I enjoyed the story all the same. It's well written and illuminating. The only minor criticism I'd have would be the diva-like behaviour of the modern day Tamar's father which didn't quite ring true. ( )
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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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For Tony Langham and Plym Peters, and in memory of former SOE agent Paul Peters (1924-2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763634883, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:27 -0400)

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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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