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Odette's Secrets by Maryann MacDonald

Odette's Secrets

by Maryann MacDonald

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An entrancing first person story of a hidden Jewish girl in France during World War II ( )
  pennykaplan | Jun 30, 2017 |
A beautiful book, written in poetry-like prose; this tale of a young Jewish girl living in France during the Nazi occupation will be sure to thrill readers. Loosely based off a true story, this fictionalized young adult novel is essential for those interested in historical fiction, World War II, and the Holocaust. Told through the eyes of a child, it is heartrendingly innocent and tells of fear and hope and what it means to be a Jew. Once Paris is overrun with Nazis and Jews start getting deported, Odette's mother sends her to a small village in rural France to pretend she is a Christian cousin of some friends. Although Odette was scared at first she finds she likes the peasant life and even better, she actually likes Church. Things change though when her mother rejoins her and some people suspect them of being Jewish. A great introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. ( )
  ecataldi | Feb 6, 2016 |
Poignant, thoughtfully written novel in verse about a Polish-Jewish girl living in France who is sent to a village to live as a Roman Catholic during the German occupation. Based upon the real-life experiences of Odette Meyers. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Born in 1934, Odette was just a young child when Hitler came to power and invaded Paris where she lived with her Jewish mother and father. When she was just 5 years old, her father left to join the French army but Germany soon began their occupation of France.

Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/odettes-secrets-maryann-macdo... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Nice book about France and the way the Jews were treated there during World War II. ( )
  FaithLibrarian | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Odette is a young Jewish girl living in Paris during a dangerous time. The Nazis have invaded the city, and every day brings new threats. After Odette’s father enlists in the French army and her mother joins the Resistance, Odette is sent to the countryside until it is safe to return.

On the surface, she leads the life of a regular girl—going to school, doing chores, and even attending Catholic Mass with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets about the life she left behind and her true identity.

Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyers—and written in moving free-verse poetry—this is a story of courage, of determination to survive, and of a young girl forced to hide in plain sight.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:28 -0400)

When Odette's father becomes a Nazi prisoner-of-war and the Paris police begin arresting Jews, her mother sends Odette to hide in the Catholic French countryside where she must keep many secrets to survive.

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