Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat

Book - 2016
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"In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke--a 'finder' of black market goods--is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl"--
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316260602
Branch Call Number: YA F Hes


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Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants her to find meat of kerosene, Hanneke is surprised by the older woman’s frantic plea. She wants her to find a person, a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but ultimately is drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations where the only way out is through.

I really enjoyed this book! It helped me understand what life was like during the Holocaust for people living under Nazi rule. I was shocked to read how people like Hanneke were living in fear. I love how this historical fiction book educated me as well as entertained me! This book is full of mysteries because you are anxiously waiting to find out if Hanneke finds Mirjam, the missing girl, or not. I would suggest this reading this book if you are interesting in learning about life during the Holocaust and mystery!
-Jennifer, Teen Library Council

Jan 30, 2019

I picked up this book and couldn't put i down!!
The plot is so interesting, and I could solve the mystery with the characters.
If you like World War II Fiction books I recommend this one.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Incredibly compelling read. Lots of twists and turns.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 19, 2018

Set in Holland during World War, this novel will appeal to mystery lovers and fans of historical fiction. Definitely kept me guessing!

Aug 26, 2018

Very good book!

Mar 22, 2018

amazing thriller. absolutely FANTASTIC. read this book if you like historical fiction and mystery. I was literally on the edge of my chair about to fall off and I finished it in a day.

OPL_AmyW Jan 30, 2018

This unique tale of the Dutch resistance during WWII tells the story of a teenage girl who has to decide how far she is willing to go to solve the mystery of the disappearing girl in the blue coat and resist the Nazi occupation. This is not a fantasy with a perfect hero. Hanneke, like many of the characters, is flawed, and the story feels more realistic and relatable because of her flaws and her struggle to balance protecting her family with protecting an innocent stranger.

Dec 21, 2017

Fast paced and hard to put down.

Jun 26, 2017

German occupation, Dutch resistance, a case of mistaken identity, hiding Jews, black market intrigue -- of all these elements make an intriguing and page turning YA WWII historical fiction novel. In fact, there were so many twists and turns at the end, I could have easily started the book again, to re-read what I missed the first time. For those who loved Salt to the Sea or Code Name Verity.

GCPL_Teen Jun 23, 2017

If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong female protagonist this is the book for you. As it is about the Holocaust, it is inevitably heavy.

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"I think it's possible to be healed without feeling whole."

Apr 13, 2017

“When things come to an end in a way you didn't expect, in a way you never could have imagined, do they really come to an end? Does it mean you should keep searching, for better answers, for ones that don't keep you up at night? Or does it mean it's time to make peace?”

Apr 13, 2017

“Maybe we can't barter our feelings away, trading good deeds for bad ones and expecting to become whole.”


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