Village of Scoundrels
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- Publication Date: February 25, 2020
- Imprint: Amulet Books
- ISBN: 9781613125076
- Page Count: 320
- Rights: World English
Newbery Honor recipient Margi Preus tells the incredible true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII
Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right. Among them is a young Jewish boy who learns to forge documents to save his mother and later goes on to save hundreds of lives with his forgery skills. There is also a girl who overcomes her fear to carry messages for the Resistance. And a boy who smuggles people into Switzerland. But there is always the threat that they will be caught: A policeman is sent to keep an eye on them, German soldiers reside in a local hotel, and eventually the Gestapo arrives, armed with guns and a list of names. As the knot tightens, the young people must race against time to bring their friends to safety.
**STARRED REVIEW**Kirkus Reviews —
"Each character's backstory is woven seamlessly into the action. Preus builds suspense and drama by following these brave souls as they take on dangerous tasks... Deeply emotional, intense, and thought-provoking."
"Fascinating. . . Readers inspired by communities making a difference—and in WWII and Holocaust history—will find much of interest here."Booklist —
**STARRED REVIEW**School Library Connection —
"Preus conveys the tales of heroism and resistance of the village teens with a story that is filled with suspense and intrigue... Readers will be inspired by these teens that stood for what is right and who, through their actions, saved the lives."
**STARRED REVIEW**Publishers Weekly —
"Preus weaves the teens’ backstories and individual dreams into the mounting dangers each faces and poignantly renders the quietly courageous and supportive community... An inspiring narrative founded on a real-life community and individuals."
**STARRED REVIEW**Shelf Awareness —
"Both thrilling and chilling, Village of Scoundrels will surely keep readers engrossed from start to finish."
"Preus crafts a delicate balance of the characters’ interweaving tales and the community that bands together to protect its vulnerable population."Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books —
About the author
Margi Preus is the author of West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Heart of a Samurai, which was a Newbery Honor book. She also writes for a variety of theater companies. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.