My book review of 'Resist' by Tom Palmer

by Tom Palmer
Recommended age: 10+
by Tom Palmer

This author is achieving deserved attention and plaudits with a number of wartime stories he's written recently, this time for the fabulous publishing house Barrington Stoke.

The book is aimed at children aged 10 upwards. It's certainly a challenging subject, but beautifully told and no less powerful through the simplicity of the writing. 

Edda is living in the Netherlands in the time of the Second World War. Her uncle has been killed and her brother has been captured by the Germans. She is determined to do what she can for the resistance, but what can a teenage girl contribute?

Life for Dutch people is dangerous and hard, and the sense of fear and foreboding, hunger and loss is very real in this account. But Edda is strong and resourceful, and the book is ultimately a tale of hope and courage. 

It's a rather wonderful book which quietly and thoughtfully tells Edda's story - which is inspired by the childhood of the Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn! 

Review date: October 2022
Publication date: 4th August 2022