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Village of scoundrels : based on a true story of courage during WWII / Margi Preus ; [illustrations by S.M. Vidaurri].

Preus, Margi, (author.). Vidaurri, S. M., (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y PRE (Text) 33500013213426 New Checked out 07/27/2020
Fertile Public Library Y PRE (Text) 33500013213434 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library j PRE (Text) 35500006272817 Main Checked out 06/23/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781419708978
  • ISBN: 141970897X
  • Physical Description: 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-302).
Summary, etc.:
In the 1940s, remote Les Lauzes, France, houses Jews, unregistered foreigners, forgers, and others who take great risks to shelter refugees and smuggle them to safety in Switzerland.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Preus' latest, being about a community of equally interesting characters, lacks a central hero or heroine, yet the many parts nevertheless make for a fascinating whole of historical facts about the real-life village of Le Chambon (here fictionalized as Les Lauzes) and how it managed to save an amazing number of Jews from the Nazis in WWII France. Inspector Perdant, eager to catch the titular "scoundrels" opposing the Germans, ties together the narratives of a group of children and teens who risk their lives by forging documents, supplying the French Underground, and escorting the endangered to the Swiss border. The stories all come together on a memorable night when Jules, the youngest rebel, leads Perdant on a wild goose chase in order to keep safe the others, who have met up with a band of partisans at a deserted château. An epilogue covers the nonfictional stories of those who inspired Preus' characters. Readers inspired by communities making a difference—and in WWII and Holocaust history—will find much of interest here. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Margi Preus is the author of West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Heart of a Samurai, which was a Newbery Honor book. She also writes for a variety of theater companies. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements > France > Juvenile fiction.
Refugees > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > France > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > Juvenile fiction.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945 > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements > France > Fiction.
Refugees > Fiction.
Jews > France > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > Fiction.
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945 > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Holocaust.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Europe.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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