Tamar by Mal Peet
A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal

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When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War — and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.
 

About Mal Peet

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MAL PEET grew up in Norfolk, England, where he says the only worthwhile pastimes were reading books and playing soccer. These are still his main interests. Of KEEPER, his first novel for young adults, he says, "Many soccer stories seem to get stuck in the mud like a heavy ball on a wet Saturday afternoon, but there's no reason why they can't shift into a different and magical dimension. KEEPER is about soccer, of course, but it's also about the supernatural, about relationships and loneliness, about believing in yourself-and about having something you would do your utmost to protect and defend." Mal Peet now lives in Devon, England.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Candlewick. 434 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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In 1944, Dart and Tamar, code names for two undercover operatives for Britain’s Special Operations Executive, parachute into Holland to reorganize the Dutch resistance movement.

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The Guardian

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After the war, one comes back to England as William Hyde with his wife Marijke, raises a son and subsequently persuades him to bestow the name Tamar on his newborn child.

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The Guardian

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Tamar by Mal Peet 432pp, Walker Books, £7.99 In the final winter of the second world war, after the failure of the Arnhem offensive, two very young Dutchmen, trained in England by the Special Operations Executive, parachute into the heart of the occupied Netherlands, one charged with coordinating...

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Teen Reads

TAMAR is not the first novel to be written about spies during WWII, but it is one of the few written for a young adult audience and is one of the best novels on the subject for readers of any age.

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Reading Rants

It is a book you take to heart, a book that kills you over and over, and brings you back to life.

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As Tamar gets into more and more danger in Nazi-occupied country, his granddaughter continues to find out more and more about his life… until the one climactic moment when everything you thought you knew about Tamar is changed.

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Sycamore Reviews

The story unfolds in parallel narratives, most told by an omniscient narrator describing the resistance struggle, and fewer chapters as a narrative told by 15-year-old Tamar, the granddaughter of one of the resistance fighters.

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