Catherine's War

Catherine's War

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As France buckles under the Nazi regime, budding photographer Rachel Cohen must change her name, go into hiding, and bear witness to the atrocities of World War II.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Alley, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062915603
0062915606
Characteristics: 154 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fauvel, Claire
Hahnenberger, Ivanka
Call Number: JGN BILLET, J

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bibliosara May 04, 2021

In this juvenile graphic novel, the story of a young woman cast adrift during WWII, amidst the French Resistance, is compelling and unique. However, it may be difficult for younger readers to piece together the historical context, as there is no introduction to the situation our main character fi... Read More »

Graphic novel based on the author’s mother’s own experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II. A true survival story about a young girl’s coming of age and her identity, passions, and first loves.

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DCLkids Jun 30, 2020

Grades 4-6. Graphic novel based on the author’s mother’s own experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II. A true survival story about a young girl’s coming of age and her identity, passions, and first loves.


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bibliosara May 04, 2021

In this juvenile graphic novel, the story of a young woman cast adrift during WWII, amidst the French Resistance, is compelling and unique. However, it may be difficult for younger readers to piece together the historical context, as there is no introduction to the situation our main character finds herself in. Additionally, I disliked how the issue of organized religion was handled. Catherine's relationship with both her Jewish identity and the Catholic identity forced on her was unclear and brushed over. The presentation of Catholic nuns forcing girls to make First Communion should have been more clearly identified as something considered unacceptable by modern Catholics. Such an act is, in fact, sacrilegious. I realize this doesn't mean it didn't happen, but it was not and is not acceptable behavior. Catholics were persecuted by Nazis, albeit not nearly to the same extent as the Jewish people, so the likelihood of a priest being a Nazi informant was - while not impossible - unlikely. The passing of time was also hard to keep track of, which might confuse readers as the conclusion is reached (when Catherine is now a young woman rather than a girl).

ArapahoeKati Aug 04, 2020

I loved how important the role of photography was in this middle grade graphic novel. It lent a new sense of gravity to recording memories and moments for a time that is passing out of living memory.

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