Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1952)

Twenty and Ten is a touching World War II story based on a true events.

twenty.jpgTwenty French 5th graders have been moved to the countryside during the Nazi occupation of France.  They are in the care of Sister Gabriel, a young, energetic Catholic nun whom the children adore.  For months the children have attended school and played together, doing their best to stay busy and happy under difficult circumstances without their families.

One day a disheveled young man appears at the door.  He has ten young, Jewish orphans hiding in the woods.  They are desperate for a place to stay.  Can these hunted children find refuge with Sister Gabriel and her students?  Both Sister Gabriel and the children are eager and willing to help.  But what happens when the German soldiers actually arrive and things get dangerous?  Can the children keep their nerve?  Can they help save these innocent children who have become their friends?

Middle Grade Reading Level, 80 pages, Published in 1952.



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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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