Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels betwee Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or s...

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Jennifer Library Journal recommends it for grades 5-8. Publisher's Weekly said, "the book is unapologetically grim and violent, like the events it so…moreLibrary Journal recommends it for grades 5-8. Publisher's Weekly said, "the book is unapologetically grim and violent, like the events it so persuasively depicts, and may not suit readers at the younger end of its stated range. Ages 8–12."
Having it in hand, I'd say it is middle-grade. Kids often read books with protagonists older than them anyway.(less)

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  • Jessica
    Oct 31, 2018
    Fascinating book about couriers- Jewish youth who looked "Aryan" enough to smuggle things into and out of the ghettos- and the Warsaw ghetto uprising. It took me a bit to get into this book, I really didn't have a sense for who Chaya was until the book was well underway. But when it go...
  • Cornmaven
    Apr 20, 2018
    Received an ARC of this at a conference. As an avid reader of WWII historical fiction, I appreciated this tale of Jewish Resistance fighters in Poland, with the main character Chaya moving through various city ghettos, culminating in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Within the story there i...
  • Wendy
    Oct 17, 2018
    So, this is a tough one. It took me a really long time to read. The stakes are high, and the action is relentless, but it required eiher prior knowledge about the era (beyond "Nazis killed 6 million Jews and 4 million others in concenration camps") or carefully focusing on the drier...
  • Margaret
    Jan 18, 2019
    "We proved that there was value in faith. There was value in loyalty. And that a righteous resistance was a victory in itself, no matter the outcome." It only took me a month to read this book. Not because it was bad but I haven't had a lot of time to read. I felt like the story mo...
  • Skip
    Oct 26, 2018
    YA book following the life of Chaya Lindner, who following the disappearance of her younger siblings and inability to convince her parents to leave their the Tarnow ghetto, Chaya joins the Jewish Resistance. Using her blonde hair and fair complexion, she smuggles food, medical supplies...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 29, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus After Chaya's brother and sister fall victim to the Nazis in the Tarnow Ghetto in Poland in 1942, her parents resign themselves to their fate. Chaya, however, decides to go down fighting and joins a Resistance group called Akiva. This group is comprised...
  • Julie
    Aug 05, 2018
    I enjoyed this a lot. It's not a take I've read in fiction before and because the main character's a courier, we really get to see the situation in different areas of Poland. I appreciated the emphasis on family and friendship over romance because these aren't exactly romantic situatio...
  • Heidi
    Oct 22, 2018
    Jennifer Nielsen in one of my favorite authors and she's proved her skill once again. Both her fantasy novels and her historical fiction have provided me with hours of great reading. This book is the story of a young Polish Jewish girl who joins the resistance when she's forced to le...
  • Hazel West
    Mar 27, 2019
    Really loved this book. Jennifer A. Neilson is always a fantastic writer, and I think I love her historical fiction just as much as I do her fantasy. While I personally didn't connect with the characters in this quite as much as I have in some of her other books, I still really loved a...
  • Tirzah
    May 21, 2018
    *This is a review on an Advanced Reader Copy I won through the author's contest.* Reading historical fiction based on the Holocaust is never easy. Someone commented on how I often read books on that subject and it led me to ask myself why? While it always saddens me to read about th...
  • Shoshana
    Jun 06, 2018
    Holy. Crap. This book completely took my breath away. It may be Nielsen's best, and I'm someone who swears by "The False Prince." An incredible look at the work of Jewish resistance fighters during the Holocaust, "Resistance" pulls no punches - there is no sugar-coating of the ...
  • Tonya
    Dec 25, 2018
    **Note, this is not my review, I haven't read this. My 9 year old daughter just finished and had to write a review for school and has asked me to post this for her. I thought it may be a good idea to post her review to help other parents trying to find a book for their younger readers*...
  • Teresa “Teri”
    Jul 31, 2019
    This book is a true gem! It is Young Adult Historical Fiction, with enough true events and people to have made it a eye-opening, learning experience for me. The main character, Chaya, is a teenage girl. However, the book doesn?t go the route of some that have the teenage angst an...
  • Clare Lund
    Jan 19, 2019
    This historical fiction action thriller will definitely be enjoyed by fans of A Night Divided by the same author. An inspiring and well-researched story about the couriers who were actively fighting back against Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust. Ages 10 and up. ...
  • Mikayla
    Sep 24, 2018
    I was very excited to be the first to get this from my library only a few days after it released. I love the point of view this book took. I loved zooming into the eyes of Chaya, seeing how hard it would be to watch her world crumbling out from beneath her. The loneliness that was po...
  • Kris Morahan
    Dec 30, 2018
    Excellent! ...
  • Cindy
    Jan 23, 2019
    Resistance is my second read of this year and it?s already one of my favorites. The protagonist, Chaya, is a fleshed out character with so much depth. Nielsen does a great job of detailing Chaya?s flaws and capturing her inner turmoil. I enjoyed reading about Chaya?s char...
  • Diane Shea
    Sep 26, 2018
    Jennifer Nielsen has a way with telling historical fiction that I enjoy and admire! She does such good research that I get pulled into the story and NEED to know the ending. Resistance is no different! A story about a young girl who finds her own courage and desperate need to make life...
  • Lindsay Bridge
    Nov 07, 2018
    A sensational story of a word that usually has a negative connotation: resistance. I am in awe of the strength and heroism that is portrayed in this story, mostly because I know it to be based on actual events and people. I never cease to be amazed by humanity during this ugly part of ...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Jul 25, 2018
    I had heard so many great things about this book from friends, and I loved A Night Divided, so I was excited to see the ARC on the swag table at NErDCampMI! I didn?t have to think twice about what to choose! This is a HF novel that takes place in Poland during WWII. I?m always i...
  • Jenna Iden
    Oct 16, 2018
    In many ways, this book was awesome. Jewish resistance fighters! Kids! Accurate descriptions of how little help the Allied forces were when atrocities were being committed against Jews and they described zero Jewish refugees as "too many!" But something felt off to me. Maybe it's be...
  • Katie  Hanna
    Dec 29, 2018
    taking it off my "currently reading" list because I can't connect to the MC and ain't nobody got time for that in 2019. it's not a bad book but I can't connect. ...
  • m a r y l i z
    Jan 07, 2019
    Wow. I did not expect this level of feels. Review to come? :P 4 stars ...
  • HazelNut
    Oct 02, 2018
    Wow. This one was a powerful read. This book definitely had a more solemn tone to it than others of Ms. Nielsen's books, including A Night Divided. But it had to be that way, and in all honesty, the story ended with much more hope than I thought it would initially. Learning more abo...
  • Monika Awad
    Dec 04, 2018
    OH. MY. GOD. WHYYYYYYYY, WHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Okay, so this book is *SPECTACULAR* and *BREATHTAKING*. The ending shoooooook me. So first of all, the praise. This is a story that deserves attention because it's real events that deserves memorial. The characters were terrifically plotted...
  • Caroline
    Dec 28, 2018
    This book was so good. I would recommend this book to everyone. ...
  • Anna
    Nov 13, 2018
    One of the best books I've ever read ...
    Oct 16, 2018
    this book brings up a lot of emotions. It is a really good book and at multiple points brought tears to my eyes. It is a really hard book to read personally, but all and all a really good book. but it isn't for everyone. ...
  • Hannah Rose
    Jan 04, 2019
    I love Jennifer Nielsen and I loved this book!! Such a beautiful story of love, courage, and the importance of never giving up. ...
  • Aliena Jackson
    Jun 03, 2019
    Honestly, this book was my least favorite out of all of Jennifer A. Nielsen has written. It took way too long to get into the story, and by the time the book got good, it was over. ...