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Monday, May 02, 2005

The Rachel Resistance, The Feester Filibuster & Simon Says

These three books, The Rachel Resistance, The Feester Filibuster and Simon Says, are must reads for anyone, child or adult, interested in the culture of the early 1940's through WWII. The author, Molly Levite Griffis, has crafted three wonderful, connected stories of small town life during this time period. Each title has been thoroughly researched, and includes her own family memories. All three stories have interesting and believable characters. There is a glossary in each book explaining terms used during that era as well as historical notes.

The Rachel Resistance, begins the trilogy with a story of a precocious fifth grader, Rachel Dalton. She's a member of Captain Midnight's secret squadron, decoding messages relayed on the "Captain Midnight" radio show. A feisty red head, Rachel's temper constantly gets her into trouble. Her best friend, and sidekick, Paul, helps Rachel out in all her plans and plots to discover "traitors and enemy agents" in their small Oklahoma town of Apache. One of those Rachel believes is a traitor is the new kid - John Alan Feester. John Alan is the son of the new superintendent of schools in Apache, and likes to throw his weight around. He is also the center of the second book of the trilogy.

The Feester Filibuster continues the story of Rachel Dalton. This book is told not from Rachel's view, but from the viewpoint of her archenemy, John Alan Feester. Rachel's friend, Paul, has moved with his parents to California, like many families of the 1940's looking for work in the factories manufacturing materials for the war effort. John Alan and Rachel finally call a truce to the open hostilities between them, at least for the "duration". Another character, Simon Green is introduced in this book, he is the catalyst for the truce between John Alan and Rachel.

Simon Says is a story that is more than historical fiction based in reality. This is a story based in events that need to be remembered, to try to keep them from happening again. Simon was sent to America by his father to save him from the holocaust. He is adopted by a famous author, Isadore Green and


I want to hear more about Simon Says!
Can I get these books at the Library? They sound good!
Yes, these books are available at Roselle Public Library in Illinois. Other public libraries probably also own them. Simon Says would be really good for a classroom read aloud about accepting others or when studying the holocaust.
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