Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy. 181 p. Dell Laurel-Leaf. 2003. ISBN 978-0-440-41831-3.
Wow! For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy was incredibly suspenseful. The book is based on a true story.
Imagine you are a 13-year-old living in a French town and your walking downtown with your best friend. It’s May 29, 1940. A bomb falls right next to you and you see someone get killed. Your best friend is so traumatized from the event, she never speaks again.
Suzanne, the 13-year-old main character, narrates this gripping story. The Germans force Suzanne and her family out of their home. The one thing that helps Suzanne cope with the war going on around her is that she is an up-and-coming opera star. She gets to travel to various places with her opera teacher. Because she travels to different areas, the French Resistance (a group of people who oppose the German occupation and try to do what they can to stop it) has one of their members, her own physician, ask her quietly if she will be a spy. She is so angry about the German occupation and destruction of her home town that she agrees.
Her life as a spy, carrying coded messages, is full of danger, fear and loneliness. Her fear of being caught becomes real. Will she get caught? Will the Germans find out she is a spy?
To find out what happens to Suzanne, read For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I think you will agree that it is a great book. It is pretty amazing what that 13 year old did to try and help her and her country regain their freedom.
Genre: Historical fiction, Suspense
Tags: French resistance, spies, teenagers, World War II, France, singing, Nazi, German occupation,
Series: This book is not part of a series.
A/R Reading level: 4.0
Interest level: Grades 6-9
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy