Resistance Book 1


By Carla Jablonski, illustrated by Leland Purvis

First Second



Trade Paperback

128 Pages



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Paul and Marie's bucolic French country town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII, but the siblings still live in the shadow of war. Their father is a Prisoner of War, kept hostage by the Germans. When their friend Henri's parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, Paul and Marie realize they must take a stand. But how can they convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against injustice?

Resistance is the first voulme of a triology written by acclaimed teen author Carla Jablonski and illustrated by Leland Purvis.


Praise for Resistance

"A forceful reminder of both the broad horrors and the small braveries of that period of history, things we should never forget."—Jane Yolen, Author of The Devil's Arithmetic

"Jablonski's text admirably mixes the drudgery of day-to-day activity with the horrors of life during wartime . . . Her collaborator's drawings do wonders to ratchet up the intensity of the story line."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The first of a trilogy, this stirring graphic novel set in 1940 in the French countryside authentically expresses the personal stand-offs and immediate drama of children who are drawn into the Resistance when German soldiers occupy their village . . . readers will be held by the realistic characterizations and grim events, all fleshed out in Purvis' quavery artwork that is especially adept at conveying the young characters' wrenching emotions . . . An excellent addition to the Holocaust curriculum, especially with the author's lengthy afterword, which offers additional context and also argues that history too often makes everything black and white."Hazel Rochman, Booklist (Starred Review)

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  • By Carla Jablonski, illustrated by Leland Purvis

  • Carla Jablonski is a novelist, performer, and playwright. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages, and her plays have been performed in New York, Philadelphia, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her most recent books Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes were selected for the New York Public Llibraries Books for the Teen Age list.

    Leland Purvis is a self-taught comics artist and writer. His major works include the anthology VOX, a creator-owned series called PUBO, and a graphic-novel biography of physicist Niels Bohr, Suspended In Language, written by Jim Ottaviani. Recent works include graphic novels in the Turning Points Series. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, a cat, and a turtle.

  • Carla Jablonski
  • Leland Purvis (c) Leland Purvis



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