Girl In The Blue Coat

Paperback | April 4, 2017

byMonica Hesse

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An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times

"Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us-including young adults-have to make in wartime. A beautiful combination of heartbreak, loss, young love, and hope." -Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

"A tapestry of guilt and acceptance, growing responsibility, and reluctant heroism, Hanneke's coming-of-age under heartbreaking circumstances is a jarring reminder of how war consumes and transforms the passions of ordinary life. Every devastating moment of this beautiful novel is both poignant and powerful, and every word feels true." -Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice.

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An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times"Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us-including young adults-have to make in wartime. A beautiful combinati...

Monica Hesse is an author and journalist with The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316260630

ISBN - 13:9780316260633

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Just finished, it was a very compelling read. Some elements seemed a little forced, but still enjoyable and interesting.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intimate Look at the War on the Homefront Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse is an intimate look at Nazi occupied Holland during the Second World War. The narrator, Hanneke, is a troubled young woman in Nazi occupied Amsterdam. While running errands for her boss on the black market she is approached by a customer to help find a missing Jewish girl, Mirjam. This leads her into the heart of the student resistance in Amsterdam, where she meets a group of resilient young adults who are fighting against the Nazi occupation. Through a series of twists, the novel draws to a heartbreaking climax in which Hanneke is forced to face her own demons from the start of the war. Hesse has done a marvelous job of recreating the atmosphere of Amsterdam in 1943. It is obvious from the detailed descriptions that she has done a painstaking job of researching the period. Though it seems to be a novel exploring the devastation of the Holocaust, it actually provides a better glimpse at life for all aspects of society under the oppressive rule of Hitler. The one character that I found really stood out in the novel was Ollie, the brother of Hanneke’s deceased boyfriend. He is part of the student resistance movement and both aids Hanneke’s mission and introduces her to the resistance. I found him to be a very well drawn character, whose struggles are so poignant and relatable. I found it more difficult to identify with Hannake. Her motivations were often vague and didn’t always seem realistic. Her narration makes the first half of the book slightly tedious. With the introduction of more characters though, and a large number of plot twists in the second half, the pace of the novel picks up and becomes a gripping read. Though the book suffers from a jarring and monotone narrative at the start, it turns into a poignant account of the traumatic impact of the war on all members of society.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction/Holocaust Read! Perfect for any Historical Fiction Buff who enjoys reading about the Holocaust. This book allows the reader to learn more about what happened in the Netherlands during World War II, information which is less commonly taught. It is a story about survival, love, loss, grief and courage. It teaches readers that individuals and small groups can make a difference. I believe this book could crossover into adult fiction.
Date published: 2016-04-04

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"A moving immersion into life in WWII."
-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch