Kid’s Book Review: Resist

Kid’s Book Review: Resist

About the Book and Author

From bestselling author Tom Palmer is a story about the incredible work of the WWll Dutch resistance, in a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.

As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, life for ordinary Dutch people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is fraught with peril and hardship. There is very little to eat and the population lives under the constant threat of arrest and enslavement.

After the murder of her beloved uncle and the capture of her brother by the Germans, Edda is determined to do anything she can to help the resistance fight back against their oppressors. But what can a teenage girl do and how much risk is she willing to take?

Tom Palmer author

Tom Palmer was a reluctant reader as a child and credits articles about football with getting him into reading. He is now the multi-award-winning author of many books for young readers, including the Young Quills Award winner After the War and FCBG Children’s Book Award winners Armistice Runner and D-Day Dog. In 2019 Tom was awarded the National Literacy Trust’s Ruth Rendell Award in recognition of his significant contribution to literacy work in the UK. Tom enjoys visiting your readers in schools. Visit his website to find out more information and for resources to accompany his books.

Barrington Stoke has published a number of other books written by this author.

Book Review

I don’t think I really understood what went on in the war until I read this!

At school we have looked at World War Two and studied what it was like, so I was really interested in reading this book. Though I don’t think I really understood what went on in the war until I read this! The author, Tom Palmer, really brings to life how difficult it was for people – so much so, that at the start of the book I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the book on my own, because I was so worried about what might happen. So, in the end, me and my mum read it together.

I was scared about reading it, like when reading a scary book, but because this is a story about true life, and I was worried about what the Nazi’s would do to the main character. It follows the life of a girl called Edda and her family, and what they have to do to live through the war under the occupation of the Nazi’s, in the Netherlands, and how they were hoping for a better life.

It says in the blurb that it is based on the real life story of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. I’m afraid I have not heard of her, but I’m going to find out who she is after reading this book! She was such a brave and courageous girl, risking her life to help her country during the war.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thrilling tale – especially if they like books about the Second World War. It’s probably aimed at people over 9 years old. I’m 11 and when I got into the story I really didn’t want to put it down, because I wanted to find out how it would end.

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Reviewer Profile

Malachi and his book
  • Name: Malachi
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: climbing mountains, football and Lego
  • Dislikes: eggs and bullies
  • Favourite Book: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Favourite Song: Song 2 by Blur
  • Favourite Film: Valiant