(From the publisher):
For thirteen-year-old Suzanne, World War II begins on a lovely spring day in Cherbourg, France. As she and her best friend sit outside talking to a neighbor, the sky is suddenly filled with roaring airplanes dropping bombs. Within minutes the planes are gone and Suzanne's neighbor is dead, her head blown off. Suzanne's friend is completely traumatized, but Suzanne stubbornly refuses to give in to fear.
When the Nazis occupy Cherbourg, Suzanne's family must leave their house and move to a cramped, dingy apartment. Radios are forbidden; the market is closed; food is rationed; sometimes people simply disappear. Through it all, Suzanne sustains herself by singing, first in her church choir, then with the local opera company. As she travels around—for lessons, for costume fittings—someone takes notice. He wants to know whether she can do some work for him. "You can't tell anyone," he says, "And if you agree to help me, you can never back out. No matter what."
Suzanne becomes number twenty-two, a spy for the Resistance, passing coded messages to other spies. She is often terridied but determined to play her part, even as it grows increasingly dangerous.
Original title: For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Performing Arts
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ WWII Holocaust, And Aftermath