Title: Village of Scoundrels

Author: Margi Preus

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 320

Genres: Young Adult, Teen, Middle Grade, Historical,

Format: EBook

Rating: 3.5/5


Release Date: February 25th 2020

Where to Buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Wordery, Book Depository

Summary: Newbery Honor recipient Margi Preus tells the incredible true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII

Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right. Among them is a young Jewish boy who learns to forge documents to save his mother and later goes on to save hundreds of lives with his forgery skills. There is also a girl who overcomes her fear to carry messages for the Resistance. And a boy who smuggles people into Switzerland. But there is always the threat that they will be caught: A policeman is sent to keep an eye on them, German soldiers reside in a local hotel, and eventually the Gestapo arrives, armed with guns and a list of names. As the knot tightens, the young people must race against time to bring their friends to safety.

Thank you to NetGalley and Amulet Books for sending me an earc copy to read and review of Village of Scoundrels written by Margi Preus.

Review: This was a really intense book, telling the story of young hero’s during WW2. These youths did such dangerous but incredible things helping to protect, hide and create fake papers for Jews wanting to find safety.

I really enjoyed reading this story I love history and this area of history in particular is fascinating to me, I love the way the author researched the real people and then created them as her own to create this story, as you’re reading the things they do scare you and then you realise this actually happened. It’s great but also sad they had to.

It’s a perfect read for anyone wanting to expand their historical knowledge it should also be used as a good WW2 book to add to any curricula as children would be fascinated, horrified and entranced in the story.

My only qualms with this book were the major editing mistakes which were distracting and at times made it hard to know what word to fill in, you’d get a few letters and then gaps, or the authors name added mid sentence. Very strange for it not to have been edited but that’s okay as the story was still amazing.

About Author: 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.


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