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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  • Abbie
    Aug 17, 2018
    Read my review at Bookish Adventures. ...
  • Heather
    Jul 04, 2018
    Chaya was just a teenager in Poland when the war broke out. She was Jewish. Her family was forced into the Krakow ghetto, and she was sent elsewhere. She immediately joined up with the resistance and became a courier, bringing information, food, weapons, and supplies to those trapped...
  • Susan
    Sep 08, 2018
    I heard Jennifer A. Nielsen speak about the true story behind her new novel, RESISTANCE, at the National Book Festival last weekend. The things she said were so interesting that I knew I had to read this book. And I'm glad I did. Starring Chaya, a fearless teenage heroine, the tale is ...
  • Wendy Garland
    Oct 07, 2018
    I have not met a Jennifer Nielsen book I did not like or devour and this one is no exception. ...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Jul 22, 2018
    There is so much depth in this historical fiction novel. You can always count on Jennifer to open with a hook that dares you to just TRY not reading on to find out more. She's a master at it! Set against the backdrop of a terrible part of our world's history, this story tells the s...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie P
    Aug 26, 2018
    I love this cover and think it represents the book so well with the image of a young girl ready to take on an army knowing there is not much chance of success, but that it's important to fight the evil anyway. This story was emotionally poignant, full of suspense, thought provoking ...
  • Patrick
    Jul 24, 2018
    Excellent as always! ...
  • Michele Knott
    Jul 15, 2018
    Jennifer Nielsen continues to write books that amaze, teach and help me grow. Another book about WWII that gives me new understanding about the fight the Jewish people took on and the meaning of resistance. ...
  • Patti Sabik
    Aug 11, 2018
    I couldn?t tear myself away from this book. It was an edge of your seat nail-biter from the first page. Anyone who has read Nielsen?s ?A Night Divided? will devour this story about the Jewish Resistance in Poland in WWII. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ann
    Sep 08, 2018
    Damn. ...
  • 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...
  • Jaina Rose
    Sep 15, 2018
    This review and many more like it are available on Read Till Dawn . Wow. Just, wow. I mean, I've been a fan of Nielsen's for ages, and I adored her East Berlin book A Night Divided, so I knew going in that I was going to love Resistance. But I had no idea how blown away by it I ...
  • Kim Clifton
    Sep 22, 2018
    I?m so glad Jennifer Nielsen is taking on historical fiction. Now when we?re reading Night and my students ask about uprisings, I can hand them this book instead of a Wikipedia page. I especially appreciated how Chaya (and Nielsen, more directly, but who reads author?s notes?) em...
  • Celia McMahon
    Sep 14, 2018
    Bravo! That is the one word I thought to use after I finished this amazing novel. Bravo. This story follows Chaya who, after her family is split apart during the war, decides to use her job as a courier (adopting a Polish persona) and joins a Jewish resistance group called Akiva. Th...
  • Nikki Stafinski
    Oct 15, 2018
    I really, really liked this book! I'm trying to venture away from mostly reading YA, and this is categorized as being "middle-grade" at my library. Although, honestly, I thought it definitely leaned more towards YA. I wouldn't say it's graphic, but Nielsen doesn't shy away from the gri...
  • Angela
    Sep 03, 2018
    Video review to come. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carli
    Jul 06, 2018
    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network and @scholasticinc for the advance copy of this 8.28.18 release. All opinions are my own. #partner ? This is a piece of historical fiction that is bound to be super popular with middle school readers. After her family is split up, Chaya is a...
  • Jessica
    Jul 19, 2018
    Received an ARC at nErDcampmi, and I?m so grateful! The intensity of the plot from the very beginning kept me engaged and nervous about what would happen to Nielsen?s main character! This book is a must read for middle school classrooms and beyond. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Staci
    Sep 10, 2018
    A very good book! Great job Jennifer Nielsen!! ...
  • Seshat
    Aug 30, 2018
    "All people are equal brothers; Brown, White, Black and Yellow. To separate peoples, colors, races, Is but an act of cheating!" (Also on my blog ) I just finished this book, and I still feel overwhelmed (there will be typos). Resistance is about the final stand of many Polish Jew...
  • Parker
    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. ...