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Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN  0385900872

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Suzanne has been dreaming and training to be an opera singer for as long as she can remember.  When World War II hits close to home, she is recruited by the underground French Resistance.  This book is based on a true story of Suzanne David Hall who eventually married an American soldier. (Beth Lee, Media Specialist, E. L. Wright Middle
School, Richland Two, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #2

“For me the war began on May 29, 1940. I was thirteen years old.” Suzanne David and her friend Yvette are visiting the shore this day when they are caught in an air raid. The girls witness the death of Madame Montagne. Her death will change both girls’ lives forever. Yvette becomes trapped in her own world and Suzanne will learn to deal with this tragedy as well as the fall of France in a different way. Suzanne has been blessed with a beautiful singing voice. She takes singing lessons and performs at many places. It is because of this that a doctor asks Suzanne if she would do some work for him. Suzanne knows right away that Dr. Leclerc means for the Resistance. Suzanne decides to work for the Resistance. The work is thrilling as well as frightening. Suzanne cannot tell anyone including her family that she is working for the Resistance. Will Suzanne be able to continue as a spy without getting caught by the Germans? Read For Freedom by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley to see find out.  Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

Booktalk #3

Suzanne, a 12 year old singer, always wanted to be a famous opera singer and sing all over the world. But her dreams came crashing down the day the bombs went off and World War2 started. That day she lost all of her things and one of her friends. She thought that she was going to loose her hope, too, but she didn't give up. In this book, there are many laughs and tears, smiles and screams. This book will make you laugh and then cry. There are many ups and downs, especially, when she turns into a spy for her country. But even though she is fighting for her country, she still fights for her career at the same time. To her nothing is more important even if it means loosing her life in the fight for it. If you are one of those people who love fiction, roller coaster, and sad books, then this is the book for you. It definitely was the one for me. So read this book and find out what happens in the end. Does Suzanne win the battle for her country? Does she become a famous opera singer? Well, you will just have to read it to find out.  (Lauren S., Maroa-Forsyth Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France --Fiction.
                        Singing -- Fiction.
                        Spies -- Fiction.
                        France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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