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I Am Defiance

A Novel of WWII

Author: Jenni L. Walsh

  • AGES 8 - 12 
  • Genre Fiction
In 1942, Brigitte has just turned 12. She hears whispers that her home country, Germany, has faced losses in the war, and her father and older sister, Angelika, seem to talk only of politics. But Brigitte is desperate to hold onto any scrap of normal life, which includes her League of German Girls meetings (the girl's equivalent of the Hitler Youth), where she and her friend Marianne contribute to the war effort in small ways and can talk and gossip.

But Brigitte starts to find clues that her older sister has become involved with a different kind of youth group. Angelika might be helping to distribute pamphlets, filled with forbidden talk of resistance and freedom, for the rebel teen group the White Rose. Brigitte is immediately worried for her sister's safety — not only is this an anti-Nazi activity, but Angelika risks drawing attention to her disabilities from polio. Brigitte begins to question everything she has believed in. She feels torn between her loyalties to Marianne — who might or might not report Angelika if she finds out — and her older sister. But her effort to stay out of danger is tested when her father is arrested by the Gestapo. Will Brigitte continue to hide in her sister's shadow — or join the fight herself?