Can You Keep a Secret?

Growing Up Under Occupation, A Child’s Tale of Courage, Risk and Resistance

Anne de Cintra

Can You Keep a Secret?

Anne de Cintra

Distributed for Uniform Press

Illustrated by Louise Prentice
 
112 pages | 15 halftones | 6 1/4 x 8
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9781910500743 Published August 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Set in a rural town in South West France from 1940 to 1944, Can You Keep a Secret? examines the effect of the German occupation on the community, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Living with a teenage brother and parents who own a café in the market square, the child regularly escapes to a secret world in the forests to play with friends. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the town progressively darkens, and the café becomes central to the operation of the local black market and the growing resistance movement. The child’s curiosity is later aroused by the arrival of a mysterious female guest who takes a room above the café, and soon the adult world of a secret agent and the child’s world of secret hideouts become inextricably entangled.
 
Intended for young readers, the good vs. evil tale in this book illustrates the importance of honesty, reliability, and trustworthiness against the backdrop of wartime resistance in occupied France.
Contents
Chapter 1 Hide and Secret
Chapter 2 The Sound of Distant Defeat
Chapter 3 Keep Your Friends Close…
Chapter 4 …But Your Enemies Closer
Chapter 5 My House Is Your House
Chapter 6 The New House Rules
Chapter 7 An Uncommon Market
Chapter 8 Defiance and Distrust
Chapter 9 The Mysterious Arrival
Chapter 10 The Unexplained Woodpecker
Chapter 11 To See How The Land Lies
Chapter 12 Eavesdropped
Chapter 13 Conspiratorial
Chapter 14 The Departing Guest
Chapter 15 Arrest Unwarranted
Chapter 16 Birthday Partisan
Chapter 17 Evasion and Invasion
Chapter 18 Vive La Liberté
Chapter 19 The Homecoming
 
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