Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

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For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, every day brings new dangers. So when Odette's father is thrown into a work camp and the Nazis suspect her mother of helping the Resistance, Odette is sent to the French countryside until it is safe to return. On the surface, Odette leads the life of a regular girl, going to school, doing chores, even attending Catholic masses with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets for the life she left behind, and the identity she must hide at all costs. Yet when the war ends, the cost of keeping secrets takes an unexpected toll: can Odette return to Paris as a Jew, or has she changed too much? Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

About Maryann Macdonald

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MARYANN MACDONALD has written more than twenty books, including The Costume Copycat, and The Little Piano Girl. She lives in New York, New York.www.maryannmacdonald.comAuthor location: New York, NY
Published February 26, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 241 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Odette’s life in Paris is happy until Jewish shopkeepers’ stores start being vandalized and rumors of war become fact. With her father in the army, Odette, her mother, and her beloved godmother are le

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Gr 5–8—This story opens as World War II is beginning and the persecution of Jews in France is escalating. After Paris falls to the Nazis, Odette is rushed to the countryside, where she hides in plain sight by living with a family and pretending to be Christian. There she struggles with her identi...

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