Review: Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald


Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald
Inspired by a true story, the moving tale of a little girl forced to hide in plain sight

For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, nowhere is safe. So when Odette Meyer’s father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette’s mother takes desperate measures to protect her, ending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian–and attending Catholic masses–with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she’s lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

Age Range: 10 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (February 26, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author:

MARYANN MacDONALD has written more than twenty books, including The Costume Copycat and The Little Piano Girl. She lives in New York, New York.

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My Thoughts:

I have always appreciated books about World War II. There are so many
sides to the story, and each one is unique. I love the simple free verse
writing in Odette’s Secrets. It conveys her feelings and experiences
with a distinct voice.  It is a beautifully written story of a girl
whose family all came back together even after the horrific trials of the war.

Odette’s experiences are written in a way that is accessible to
children. They will be able to connect to her story and hopefully see it
for what it is.

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