Hidden by Loic Dauvillier

Hidden Book cover: blue background, title in white text along bottom. Brown haired girl is looking down at the yellow star on her red jacket"Some people suggested that we become a family of sheriffs...There aren't any sheriffs in France."

The story of the treatment of the French Jews during WWII is related through the eyes of a young girl, "Dounia," and is narrated by the grandmother the girl grows up to be. The child's experience is very relatable and the older narrator's voice breaks in just enough to explain the intangible to her granddaughter (and the reader).

"Your daddy was a liar!" "My daddy didn't want to hurt me. He made up that story to protect me."

The two-point perspective allows the graphic novel to have just enough of the dark elements to stress the seriousness of its subject matter while staying appropriately hopeful for a 3rd grader. The art successfully brings the harsh and scary subject to its intended audience by using a darker palette where appropriate, but not lingering there in the shadows. Likewise, the author gives a reader an ending that is as happy as it can be while still being realistic.

Thought provoking and a good discussion starter.

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