For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

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A teenager transforms from a schoolgirl to a spy in this true story of heroism in wartime.

Suzanne David's everyday life is suddenly shattered in 1940 when a bomb drops on the main square of her hometown, the city of Cherbourg, France, killing a pregnant neighbor right in front of her. Until then the war had seemed far away, not something that would touch her or her teenage friends. Now Suzanne's family is kicked out onto the street as German soldiers take over their house as a barracks.

Suzanne clings to the one thing she really loves--singing. Her voice is so amazing that she is training to become an opera singer. As Suzanne travels around for rehearsals, cosume fittings, or lessons, she learns more about what the Nazis are doing and about the people who are "disappearing." Her travels are noticed by someone else, an organizer of the French Resistance. Soon Suzanne is a secret courier, a spy fighting for France and risking her own life for freedom.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on May 13, 2003 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385729618
ISBN-13: 9780385729611
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  • lrohne2005
    lrohne2005Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:18 am55 starsFeatured
    For Suzanne, World War II started when the bombs dropped, killing her pregnant neighbor and her neighbor's unborn baby. Before the bombs, Suzanne knew about the war, she just didn't think it would ever be near her, or impact her life. Soon, Suzanne and her family are kicked out of thier house by the Nazis and must find a place to live. It is terrible. But even throughout the drastic changes in Suzanne's life, she can still do the thing she loves, the thing she's amazing at. Suzanne can sing. Suzanne travels all over France for musicals and concerts, and starts to learn more about the Nazis, and just hates them even more. As Suzanne is traveling around France, she gets the attention of someone. That someone is a spy for the French Resistance and thinks Suzanne would make a good spy as well. Suzanne can't tell anyone, not even her parents. Suzanne agrees to it and is soon delivering messages for the French. She could get killed and tortured if she gets caught, but decides it is worth it for freedom. This is an awesome page-turning book, and you will be hooked until the very end. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy is based on a true story, and Kimberly Brubaker Bradley did a great job of telling the story. I recommend this book to boys and girls ages 10+.
    • random12345
      random12345Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:02 am
      awesome book
      • awesome manTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:01 am
        awesome book
        • peacheslarue
          peacheslarueMonday, November 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm55 stars
          This is a wonderful book! A little gory at the start but the book has a great plot and its a true story (i think so?)

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