Girl in the Blue Coat

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Girl in the Blue Coat
Author: Hesse, Monica
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1943-1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Netherlands
Topics: WWII, Nazi Occupation
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2017

World History > Modern Age > WWII

The bestselling, "gripping" (Entertainment Weekly), "powerful" (Hypable), "utterly thrilling" ( winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, perfect for readers of Kristin Hannah and Ruta Sepetys

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

Don't miss The War Outside and They Went Left, two more gripping historical novels by Monica Hesse

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