86 pages 2 hours read

Alan Gratz


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2019

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key plot points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Chapters 1-15

Reading Check

1. What is Dee’s secret?

2. What suspicious event encouraged Dee’s family to leave Germany?

3. What does “D-Day” mean?

4. What happened to Samira’s father?

5. Who are the “Maquis?” Where do their code names come from?

6. Who is Cyrano?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Describe the physical differences between Dee and Sid. What unites these two unlikely friends?

2. How was Dee able to enlist in the army? What did the recruitment officer suggest he do?

3. Who are Samira and Kenza Zidane? Describe what happens to Kenza, and what Samira resolves to do about the situation.

4. Who does Samira come across unexpectedly after she finds her dog? What does she request from them, and how do they respond?

5. Who is Brigadier Rene de Compiegne? Describe his reaction to Samira and the Maquis.

6. Describe the scene in Chapter 15. How does Samira help de Compiegne before she leaves?

Paired Resource

Algerians in France During WWII

  • Information from Britannica regarding the rise of the Algerian nationalist movement
  • How does France’s involvement in WWII correlate with Algeria’s independence?