cover image Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat

Monica Hesse, read by Natalia Payne. Hachette Audio, , unabridged, 9 CDs, 9.5 hrs., $25 ISBN 978-1-4789-3836-1

In 1943 in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke tries to survive by selling black market items. One of her customers secretly asks for her help in finding a Jewish girl she had been hiding who had mysteriously disappeared. In searching for clues, she gets involved with the Resistance movement, risking her life to find the missing girl and defy the Nazis. Narrator Payne has a clear, youthful voice well-suited to Hanneke, conveying both her inner strength and her tension and fear in dangerous situations, as well as her mourning for her boyfriend who died in the war. She does equally well voicing other characters, including an authentic German accent for the soldiers who repeatedly stop and question Hanneke. The suspenseful and moving story will keep listeners riveted. Ages 12–up. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Apr.)