Hanneke is a "finder" in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods like coffee, chocolate, and nylons to paying customers. She spends her days grieving the devastating loss of her boyfriend, who was among thousands of Dutch soldiers killed as the Germans invaded, and keeping her family afloat with her illegal black market work.
On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants cheese or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of a resistance group, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and force her to take desperate action.
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Girl in the Blue Coat explores themes of friendship, betrayal, love, grief, and bravery while asking what it means to be lost, and what it is to be found.
The Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel 2017 A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens of 2016 An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2016 A Booklist Best Young Adult Book of 2016 A Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Selection 2017 A 2017 Indies Choice Awards Finalist for Best Young Adult Book A 2017 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year —
"Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us--including young adults--have to make in wartime. A beautiful combination of heartbreak, loss, young love, and hope."
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
Monica Hesse is an author and journalist with The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.