StoryMakers with Margi Preus VILLAGE SCOUNDRELS
Explore a lesser known part of WWII history with Rocco and YA novelist Margi Preus on StoryMakers as they chat about her new book VILLAGE OF SCOUNDRELS, which is based on the true story of a village in France that sheltered Jewish children and teens from concentration camps.
In this episode, Margi asks the question, “When terrible wrongs happen in the world are we contributing to them if we do not speak out against them?” Watch and let us know what you think.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Newbery Honor recipient Margi Preus tells the incredible true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII
Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right. Among them is a young Jewish boy who learns to forge documents to save his mother and later goes on to save hundreds of lives with his forgery skills. There is also a girl who overcomes her fear to carry messages for the Resistance. And a boy who smuggles people into Switzerland. But there is always the threat that they will be caught: A policeman is sent to keep an eye on them, German soldiers reside in a local hotel, and eventually, the Gestapo arrives, armed with guns and a list of names. As the knot tightens, young people must race against time to bring their friends to safety.
ABOUT Margi Preus
Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author and the author of the Newbery Honor Book, Heart of a Samurai. She writes novels and picture books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.Her books have won multiple awards, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into many languages. When not writing, Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world.
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