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, War, World War II, Childrens, Middle Grade

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Patrick
    Excellent as always!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meghan
    I was excited to see Jennifer A. Nielsen has another book coming out. I’ve read two of her other novels, A Night Divided and The Scourge , which I also recommend. Resistance takes place in Nazi-occupied Poland, where Chaya Lindner’s family has been torn apart by the invaders. Her little sister was sent to the death camps, her younger brother disappeared, and her parents have given up and accepted their fate. It’s a horrific period in histor...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 400 pages. Scholastic, AUGUST 2018. $18. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (Holocaust)EL, MS - ADVISABLEChaya Linder is only 16, but she has lived a life of danger for the last three years working as a courier for the anti-Germany resistance in Poland. When she was pushed out of the Krakow ghetto, she went to the farm of her Jewish scout leaders and from there they all decide to join the war efforts. ...
  • Kim McGee
    Chaya Lindner is a Polish Jew who, after her family is uprooted and sent to the Ghetto, escapes and joins the Resistance. Her incredible story is heartbreaking and hard to believe at times but war ends childhoods and turns ordinary people into heroes out of need. She and the other couriers went in and out of some of the most dangerous ghettos in Poland risking their lives on a daily basis. Jennifer Nielsen proves once again that she can bring us ...
  • Shannon
    "We're trying to empty an ocean with a teaspoon" During World War II, Resistance fighters knew they were facing an impossible challenge. Resistance is a fictional story of one such brave fighters. The main character, Chaya is a brave young woman who understands that her fight, while helping individuals, is futile against the power of the German army, but that doesn't stop her from continuing her fight. As a carrier, Chaya brings food, medicine, a...
  • Cassie Knight
    Chaya is a Jewish teenager working as a courier for the Jewish resistance group, Akiva, in Nazi-occupied Poland. Along the way, Chaya meets Esther and together they join others to continue to fight against the Nazis. Chaya was strong and brave in the face of the monstrosities that were happening all around her. I did not want this book to end! The Afterword gives tribute to those who were apart of the Jewish Resistance. After reading this book, I...
  • Marilyn Smith
    If you like Wolf By Wolf you'll like this book.In Poland during WWII there are Jewish groups forming to stop Nazis. Chaya is a Resistance fighter,one of the youngest. Leaving her home and parents after her brother an sister are taken, Chaya feels she has only one path, to resist in whatever way on whatever path she can do the most good. Based on real Polish resistance fighters in Poland during WWII - most of them in their teens - this is gripping...
  • Lorie Barber
    Man oh man oh man. I couldn’t put Resistance down, tearing through in a day, yet wishing I wasn’t nearing the end. Jennifer Nielsen is one of my favorite writers, and her books - both fantasy and historical fiction - are in constant rotation in my classroom. Chaya’s story will be no different. I actually found myself researching alongside what I was reading, learning about Warsaw and the Jewish ghettos in Poland during WWII. (I hope the pub...
  • N Diestler
    A million thank you’s to Golden Apple Scholastic for sending the special preview copy of Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen. It was exciting, enthralling, and thought provoking. It was such a mesmerizing story that I couldn’t put it down, even when I was on vacation! This story needed to be told, to be remembered, and to be honored. The book drew me in and allowed me to feel as if I experienced how a silent hero might feel throughout a piece of h...
  • Laura Gardner
    I wanted to love this! I loved A NIGHT DIVIDED. Resistance started strong and I was interested to see how Chaya joined the resistance. Once she was a part of the resistance, however, it felt like one event after the other with too little introspection about the Holocaust itself. Some of my students will still like it because they are obsessed with WWII. I liked Making Bombs for Hitler and The War Below much better, though. Book 13 for 30booksumme...
  • Katie Reilley
    Thanks to Scholastic for providing a free ARC to me courtesy of the Reading Summit. This is a heart wrenching MG historical fiction set in Poland during World War Two. The main character is a courier determined to help as many people as she can who are forcibly living in the Jewish ghettos due to the Nazi invasion, including the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Lots of action, twists and turns, and horrifically accurate historical information make this a ...
  • Tammy
    Chaya is a teen girl that fights with the Jewish resistance. This historical fiction book is amazing. I love books with historical elements especially World War 2. Jennifer Nielsen has done a wonderful job telling the story of the Resistance fighters. Young Chaya works hard to help Jews escape from ghettos and get to safe houses by sneaking in to the ghettos to get others out. She later goes on to do much more. If you like books with historical e...
  • Hannah
    This was a great book! I love that Jennifer Nielsen spotlights lesser told stories of history, much like some of my other favorite historical fiction authors. It ends somewhat unresolved, but that’s understandable considering the subject matter. Excited to add this to my classroom library when it comes out!
  • Lesley Burnap
    A difficult but powerful read. A nod to those who resisted and fought back against the Nazis in the Jewish ghettos, specifically the Warsaw Ghetto. For grades 5+ due to content. Jennifer Nielsen outdoes herself here. Highly recommended.
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  • Lori Kelley
    Love the author Jennifer Nielsen and learning about a part of the Holocaust I was not as familiar with.
  • Laura Komos
    A beautiful, heartwrenching, gut-wrenching, inspiring historical fiction novel!! This book is especially needed in our world today.
  • Kim
    Exciting read! Loved the story and learned about a part of history I knew nothing about! Can't wait to share it with my students.
  • Michael
    Wonderful but sad world war 2 book. I loved it but it was really sad it's about a girl who loses her family because she joined the resistance movement.
  • Juliana
    I have not read it but I have read a night divided and it was THE BEST! So I have high hopes with this book. I can not wait to read it! I know that it will be great. - A Night Divided Fan