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Village of Scoundrels

Margi Preus

Hardcover

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Description

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, the young people must race against time to bring their friends to safety.



Praise For Village of Scoundrels

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Each character's backstory is woven seamlessly into the action. Preus builds suspense and drama by following these brave souls as they take on dangerous tasks... Deeply emotional, intense, and thought-provoking."

— Kirkus Reviews

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Preus conveys the tales of heroism and resistance of the village teens with a story that is filled with suspense and intrigue...  Readers will be inspired by these teens that stood for what is right and who, through their actions, saved the lives."

— School Library Connection

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Preus weaves the teens’ backstories and individual dreams into the mounting dangers each faces and poignantly renders the quietly courageous and supportive community... An inspiring narrative founded on a real-life community and individuals."

— Publishers Weekly

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Both thrilling and chilling, Village of Scoundrels will surely keep readers engrossed from start to finish."

— Shelf Awareness

"Preus crafts a delicate balance of the characters’ interweaving tales and the community that bands together to protect its vulnerable population."

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fascinating. . .  Readers inspired by communities making a difference—and in WWII and Holocaust history—will find much of interest here."

— Booklist

Amulet Books, 9781419708978, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020



About the Author

Margi Preus is the author of West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Heart of a Samurai, which was a Newbery Honor book. She also writes for a variety of theater companies. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.