Edda can speak English. It means she is an asset to the Dutch Resistance when it comes to sending messages to stranded Allied airmen. Edda’s family is aware of the Allied invasion and long for their advance into their village. Not only has Edda’s uncle been shot cruelly in retaliation for Resistance action in the village, but her older brother has been seized by German troops. Her other brother is hiding somewhere, working for the Resistance, also.
Despite her youth, Edda is determined to play her part. Therefore, she carries her messages from Dr t’Hoost, alongside dancing in the illegal ‘dark evenings’ that show support for the Resistance. However, the wait for the Allies is long and difficult. Rations are cut to a shred, so that the family exist on nettle soups and ground up tulip bulbs. Dare Edda dream of a career dancing, the return of her brothers, and a life without a Nazi oppression?
Tom Palmer draws upon Audrey Hepburn’s wartime memoirs in Resist. It is an urgent, heartfelt and meaningful historical narrative. What’s more, it is created in dyslexia friendly format. Bookwagon recommends Resist highly to our readers.