Girl in the Blue Coat

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Extraordinary tale of Dutch teens resisting the Nazis.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 13+
age 9+

Great book!

My kids and I are reading this together. It’s a great book. The characters are great and as you learn more about them all their circumstances become increasingly complex in an already complex world. Hanneke navigates through tremendous loss, from the loss of her country to Nazi occupation to the loss of the boy she loved to war to the loss of her very self to a detached cynicism she’s built up as a protective mechanism. The plot is a mystery so it has some satisfying twists and turns. In the end Hanneke goes from seeing only her own survival and own loss to seeing the loss of the people around her. For more sensitive readers, there is a character death and my son and I were quite shaken by it. Shaken because we were into the story. My kids are 8 and 11 and both have done well with the content. I hope anyone approaching the Shoa is including eye witness stories and not only fictionalized but as fiction goes, it was engaging and educational.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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