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Title: Girl In The Blue Coat
Author: Monica Hesse
Publication date: April 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Recommended for: Ages 12+
Rating: 5/5 stars

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!

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-Jennifer