Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. So...

Details Resistance

Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade, War, World War II, Fiction

Reviews Resistance

  • Shoshana
    Holy. Crap. This book completely took my breath away. It may be Nielsen's best, and I'm someone who swears by "The False Prince." An incredible look at the work of Jewish resistance fighters during the Holocaust, "Resistance" pulls no punches - there is no sugar-coating of the atrocities committed by the Nazis, and the atmosphere of terror, suspicion, and desperation. And yet, this book is filled with hope, and pride, friendship and love. It's ho...
  • Mikayla
    I was very excited to be the first to get this from my library only a few days after it released. I love the point of view this book took. I loved zooming into the eyes of Chaya, seeing how hard it would be to watch her world crumbling out from beneath her. The loneliness that was portrayed was so deep rooted I felt it for the characters. I rooted for them all and was hit by the realistic flow of relationships. I was on the edge of my seat throug...
  • Seshat
    "All people are equal brothers; Brown, White, Black and Yellow. To separate peoples, colors, races, Is but an act of cheating!"(Also on my blog )I just finished this book, and I still feel overwhelmed (there will be typos). Resistance is about the final stand of many Polish Jewish resistors as they refused to be swept away by the final solution without a fight. I’ve read a lot of books about “Aryan” or Polish rescuers, and Jewish survival,...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusAfter Chaya's brother and sister fall victim to the Nazis in the Tarnow Ghetto in Poland in 1942, her parents resign themselves to their fate. Chaya, however, decides to go down fighting and joins a Resistance group called Akiva. This group is comprised of former leaders and children in a scouting group. At first, she is a courier, taking food and sometimes weapons into the ghetto. She is does not "look Jewish" with her f...
  • Jenna Iden
    In many ways, this book was awesome. Jewish resistance fighters! Kids! Accurate descriptions of how little help the Allied forces were when atrocities were being committed against Jews and they described zero Jewish refugees as "too many!"But something felt off to me. Maybe it's because I was raised Jewish, but I didn't find this book particularly Jewish. The mentions of the Shema seemed like they were written by an outsider (perhaps because I've...
  • Julie Kirchner
    I had heard so many great things about this book from friends, and I loved A Night Divided, so I was excited to see the ARC on the swag table at NErDCampMI! I didn’t have to think twice about what to choose!This is a HF novel that takes place in Poland during WWII. I’m always interested in reading about this time period as my father served in the war and I feel like I know more about this war than other wars, yet I’m always learning more. T...
  • HazelNut
    Wow. This one was a powerful read.This book definitely had a more solemn tone to it than others of Ms. Nielsen's books, including A Night Divided. But it had to be that way, and in all honesty, the story ended with much more hope than I thought it would initially. Learning more about the history of the Jewish resistance was intriguing as well as heartbreaking. Well worth reading.
  • Diane Shea
    Jennifer Nielsen has a way with telling historical fiction that I enjoy and admire! She does such good research that I get pulled into the story and NEED to know the ending. Resistance is no different! A story about a young girl who finds her own courage and desperate need to make life better for her Jewish people during WWII in Poland, this book is in a league of it's own. Told with heart-wrenching realism and as much fact as possible, the chara...
  • Angela
    Video review to come.
  • Parker
    this book brings up a lot of emotions. It is a really good book and at multiple points brought tears to my eyes. It is a really hard book to read personally, but all and all a really good book. but it isn't for everyone.
  • Tirzah
    *This is a review on an Advanced Reader Copy I won through the author's contest.*Reading historical fiction based on the Holocaust is never easy. Someone commented on how I often read books on that subject and it led me to ask myself why? While it always saddens me to read about the suffering and cruelty, it always leaves me in admiration of the countless people whose love, faith, and courage persevered during that dark time.Writing historical fi...
  • Cornmaven
    Received an ARC of this at a conference. As an avid reader of WWII historical fiction, I appreciated this tale of Jewish Resistance fighters in Poland, with the main character Chaya moving through various city ghettos, culminating in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Within the story there is a lot of information about the evolution of the Final Solution, how difficult it was to mount any kind of resistance, and the bravery of anyone that did.What I co...
  • Nikki Stafinski
    I really, really liked this book! I'm trying to venture away from mostly reading YA, and this is categorized as being "middle-grade" at my library. Although, honestly, I thought it definitely leaned more towards YA. I wouldn't say it's graphic, but Nielsen doesn't shy away from the grittier aspects of what was really happening during the Holocaust. There were a few parts that were hard to read, just because you know this is all based on real expe...
  • Celia McMahon
    Bravo! That is the one word I thought to use after I finished this amazing novel. Bravo.This story follows Chaya who, after her family is split apart during the war, decides to use her job as a courier (adopting a Polish persona) and joins a Jewish resistance group called Akiva. The story skirts along actual events that took place in several ghettos throughout Poland. After a semi-botched event, Chaya is separated from her group, only to find tha...
  • Stephanie P
    I love this cover and think it represents the book so well with the image of a young girl ready to take on an army knowing there is not much chance of success, but that it's important to fight the evil anyway.This story was emotionally poignant, full of suspense, thought provoking with difficult moral questions and dilemmas, and filled with compelling character development.As to be expected, there are many heart breaking aspects and the book show...
  • Carli
    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network and @scholasticinc for the advance copy of this 8.28.18 release. All opinions are my own. #partner•This is a piece of historical fiction that is bound to be super popular with middle school readers. After her family is split up, Chaya is a courier for the a cell of the Jewish resistance in Poland during WWII. After a mission goes wrong Chaya finds herself alone until her least favorite person from her ne...
  • Susan
    There is so much depth in this historical fiction novel. You can always count on Jennifer to open with a hook that dares you to just TRY not reading on to find out more. She's a master at it! Set against the backdrop of a terrible part of our world's history, this story tells the story of teens that stood up in the face of hatred, determined to make a difference even if it costs them their lives. Based on the true experience of Jewish teenagers, ...
  • Susan
    I heard Jennifer A. Nielsen speak about the true story behind her new novel, RESISTANCE, at the National Book Festival last weekend. The things she said were so interesting that I knew I had to read this book. And I'm glad I did. Starring Chaya, a fearless teenage heroine, the tale is full of tension and heart-pounding action. It's more plot-driven than character-driven, which disappointed me a little. I wanted to feel like I really knew Chaya an...
  • Heather
    Chaya was just a teenager in Poland when the war broke out. She was Jewish. Her family was forced into the Krakow ghetto, and she was sent elsewhere. She immediately joined up with the resistance and became a courier, bringing information, food, weapons, and supplies to those trapped in the ghettos. She also smuggled out many Jews to safety. We follow Chaya as she completes her missions, ultimately following her to the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Thi...
  • Kim Clifton
    I’m so glad Jennifer Nielsen is taking on historical fiction. Now when we’re reading Night and my students ask about uprisings, I can hand them this book instead of a Wikipedia page. I especially appreciated how Chaya (and Nielsen, more directly, but who reads author’s notes?) emphasizes how resistance is a choice she makes, but not a standard by which she can judge other victims.
  • Staci
    A very good book! Great job Jennifer Nielsen!!
  • Wendy Garland
    I have not met a Jennifer Nielsen book I did not like or devour and this one is no exception.
  • Patrick
    Excellent as always!
  • Ann
  • Jessica
    Received an ARC at nErDcampmi, and I’m so grateful! The intensity of the plot from the very beginning kept me engaged and nervous about what would happen to Nielsen’s main character! This book is a must read for middle school classrooms and beyond.
  • Abbie
    Read my review at Bookish Adventures.
  • Michele Knott
    Jennifer Nielsen continues to write books that amaze, teach and help me grow. Another book about WWII that gives me new understanding about the fight the Jewish people took on and the meaning of resistance.
  • Patti Sabik
    I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. It was an edge of your seat nail-biter from the first page. Anyone who has read Nielsen’s “A Night Divided” will devour this story about the Jewish Resistance in Poland in WWII.
  • Jaina Rose
    This review and many more like it are available on Read Till Dawn .Wow.Just, wow. I mean, I've been a fan of Nielsen's for ages, and I adored her East Berlin book A Night Divided, so I knew going in that I was going to love Resistance. But I had no idea how blown away by it I was going to be.World War II is pretty well-trodden ground by this point, but Nielsen still managed to find an aspect–the Jewish resistance movement–that I didn't know ...