Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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The Nazi army has swarmed into France. Twelve-year-old Marie isn’t aware at first of her pianist father’s real role in the war, but now she must help him sneak intelligence past their country’s invaders in The Art Contest by author Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick.
I appreciate stories that illustrate how sharp-witted and courageous humanity can be in dangerous times, and I really enjoyed this. It’s a quick (but not rushed) read that conveys the gravity of a wartime situation but isn’t super dark. And the perspective that goes into Marie’s decision is nicely realized.
This is one of those stories I’d say is good for readers of any age. I know people sometimes think of short reads as “too little,” but I’d say this is a great example of how I think of well-written short stories: just enough.