All Iowa Reads Book Discussion - "Girl in the Blue Coat" by Monica Hesse

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Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program is one of the first projects to be provided by the Iowa Center for the Book.

The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. We encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

2018 Young Adult Selection

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods for paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help…(She) is shocked to by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person—a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen has 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 the lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horror of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Join us for a book discussion about Monica Hesse's book Girl in the Blue Coat, listen to a wonderful author interview, and see a woman's army corps uniform from WWII.