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Review: Cross my Heart by Carmen Reid

Brussels, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Nicole watches as the Nazis invade Belgium. Determined not to stand by as her country is brought to its knees, Nicole vows to fight back and joins the Belgian Resistance. Under her new alias - Coco - Nicole embarks on a dangerous new life as a spy, where the only question is not if you'll be caught, but when...

My Thoughts
I was utterly engrossed by this book from the first to the last page.

Cross my Heart is the story of 15 year old Nicole who, after the Nazis invade Belguim, joins the resistance to fight against them. I thought this book was a brilliant read and I couldn't read it fast enough. Nicole's story is awe inspiring and terrifying when you see the lengths she is willing to go to oppose the Nazis who are occupying her country. The way she was treated in the camp was really uneasy reading and made you awe struck when you saw her resolve to not give in to her oppressors.

I must admit as a historian I do find sometimes I am overly critical about the quality of YA historical fiction. I find some books take too many liberties and I often have to give up part way through books because I get so annoyed. What I loved about this book was that it felt true as a story and it was well researched so that it could have fit in with historical events. Certainly good quality enough for me to want to recommend to students I teach.

A fantastic and engrossing read which I will be highly recommending.