Based on interviews with the real Suzanne David, this story of World War II heroism relates how a teenage Suzanne, training to become an opera singer, is recruited as a secret courier by an organizer in the French Resistance.Based on interviews with the real Suzanne David, this story of World War II heroism relates how a teenage Suzanne, training to become an opera singer, is recruited as a secret courier by an organizer in the French Resistance.Read Less
Suzanne's world changes drastically when World War II becomes a reality for
her with the bombing of her hometown, Cherbourg, France. Just thirteen
years old, she dreams of becoming an opera singer someday. Now she and her
family must endure being forced out of their homes, watching neighbors
disappear, and helping friends overcome trauma. Then Suzanne is asked to
help deliver secret messages which may help end the war, but what will
happen if she is caught?
Based on a true story, Bradley portrays this era of history well and
includes many accurate historical details. She also doesn't shy from
presenting some of the ugly realities of war. The characters in this novel
show many admirable traits such as bravery and patriotism, and prove that
anyone can make a difference. Both engaging and enriching, For Freedom is
definitely worth a read.
Sep 8, 2007
This is an incredible true story, written in a fictional style, of a young teenage girl who risks everything to regain the freedoms the Nazi regime took away during WWII. It is truly amazing what the human spirit is capable of achieving, espically when we reach out to God for that strength. We need more literature of this kind available to our children.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-06-02 Based on a true story, Bradley's (Ruthie's Gift) gripping, high-stakes adventure about a French girl who joins the Resistance during WW II offers insight into a young spy's sacrifices and bravery. When the Germans begin to occupy France, 13-year-old Suzanne, who narrates, focuses more on her dreams of singing professionally than on the war she thinks could never hurt her. She tries to follow her pragmatic father's repeated admonition, "Obey the rules and no one gets hurt." But her views change when a bombing leaves her best friend mute from trauma, German soldiers seize her family's home and she realizes "sometimes people disappeared." Family relationships and the intensely personal price of war prove more strongly sketched than Suzanne's love of music, even though it is the travel occasioned by Suzanne's growing success in the opera that makes her useful to the Resistance. Bradley effectively portrays the initial allure when the family doctor recruits Suzanne, then 16, as "number twenty-two" (names would be too dangerous to use), and then gradually tarnishes that glamour to reveal the heavy burden, isolation and imminent danger. While one or two touches seem forced (particularly when Suzanne is betrayed), the details and the tone have the ring of authenticity. A highly compelling look at the covert battle for freedom. Ages 10-14. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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