Violins of Autumn
By Amy McAuley.
Bloomsbury, 2012. 336 pp., $16.99.
In May 1944, 17-year-old Betty is determined to do her part to defeat the Germans, and becomes part of a group of young Englishwomen — fluent French speakers all — who parachute into occupied France to help the Resistance. As “Adele Blanchard,” Betty gathers intelligence and works as a courier — and helps lead a downed American pilot to safety — while dodging the Gestapo. Ages 12–up.