Resist – Tom Palmer

This is such a fascinating and well-researched piece of historical fiction. Acclaimed author Tom Palmer, (After the War, Armistice Runner, Arctic Star, D-Day Dog), takes the little known story of how Audrey Hepburn worked for the Dutch resistance ahead of the battle of Arnhem. 

Audrey, portrayed in the story as Edda, lives quietly with her family in a small Dutch village during WW2. As well as her love of dance, she volunteers in a local hospital and without telling her mother, agrees to secretly help deliver newsletters for the local resistance movement. 

Edda is a remarkable character who shows great bravery and compassion in the face of truly dreadful events. As time passes, the gradual breakdown of family life, her own health, and then the arrival of refugees into her town raises interesting and contemporary issues that children will be able to discuss in the light of current events. 

The book is published by Barrington Stoke, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. It would make a useful addition to the study of war and is recommended for upper KS2.

Published by Barrington Stoke

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