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Club 1117 Review Crew

by Oleg L., North County High School

Courage and Defiance shares the stories of young men and women during the Nazi Occupation of Denmark. This book shows what experience and what problems were happening during this time. This book also showed the heroic deeds these ordinary people did to fight for their country.  

I wish I could read Courage and Defiance again for the first time. The plot was cleverly woven, with each scene leading toward a larger goal. The characters were complicated, and deeply human, with their own strengths and weaknesses, but they didn't develop or grow over the course of the book. The characters each played a vital role in Courage and Defiance. I connected to these characters so deeply that I didn't want their story to end. The world-building was superb and each scene was easy to visualize based on the character's senses and mood. Action scenes were vividly presented and easy to follow.  

I am blown away by the author’s ability to write such engaging, real-life, entertaining, phenomenal scenes. The writing style was consistent and used precise words so that exposition didn't slow the pace.  My favorite part of this book was the historical aspect with the human element to it. Most history books tell World War II in a cold voice about what happening during this time. This book added personal stories and made me feel connected to the characters.  

Click here to checkout Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson

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