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Catherine's war / Julia Billet ; Claire Fauvel ; translation by Ivanka Hahnenberger.

Billet, Julia, (author.). Fauvel, Claire, (artist.). Hahnenberger, Ivanka, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J G BIL (Text) 33500013208624 New Checked out 05/02/2020
Rothsay LINK Site J G BIL (Text) 33500013208616 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062915603
  • ISBN: 0062915606
  • ISBN: 9780062915597
  • ISBN: 0062915592
  • Physical Description: 154 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Alley, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in 2017 in French by Rue de Sévres as La guerre de Catherine"--Title page verso.
Chiefly illustrations.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Billet tells the story of Catherine Colin, born Rachel Cohen, and her experiences as a Jewish girl living in France during WWII in this graphic novel originally published in French and adapted from Billet's novel of the same name. Catherine's story begins in a progressive school where she learns about and acquires a passion for photography. As the Germans gain a stronger hold on France, Catherine is forced to move throughout the country to evade capture, but she meets many supportive friends along the way. The lyrical translation reads like a memoir, and it is, in fact, based on Billet's mother's experience as one of the "hidden children" of WWII. Catherine is always looking for opportunities to photograph people, and illustrations of her photographs appear often throughout the book. In Fauvel's artwork, many of the settings are beautifully detailed, with a muted palette that helps evoke the bleak circumstances and landscape, and while the characters receive less definition, they're undeniably expressive. The ravages of WWII are not glossed over (readers learn of people who go missing, never to be heard from again, and see people with missing limbs, though not in particularly graphic detail), but Catherine's ability to find beauty in the world regardless makes for a forward-looking read. An author's note sifts fact from fiction, and a few photos are reproduced in the back matter. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > France > Comic books, strips, etc.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > Juvenile fiction.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945 > Comic books, strips, etc.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945 > Juvenile fiction.
Jewish children in the Holocaust > Comic books, strips, etc.
Jewish children in the Holocaust > Juvenile fiction.
Photographers > Comic books, strips, etc.
Photographers > Juvenile fiction.
Children > Institutional care > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children > Institutional care > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > Fiction.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945 > Fiction.
Photographers > Fiction.
Jewish children in the Holocaust > Fiction.
Graphic novels.
German Occupation of France (1940-1945)
World War (1939-1945)
Children > Institutional care.
Jewish children in the Holocaust.
Genre: Comics (Graphic works)
Biographical comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Historical comics.
Juvenile works.
Graphic novels.
Historical comics.
Biographical comics.

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