Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner "Black Radishes" is asuspenseful WWII/Holocaust story, in which one boy learns what it means to be Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing.
Gustave doesn't want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews.
When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? "That" is nearly impossible.
About the Author
Meyer was born in Baltimore and grew up hearing her father's stories about his French childhood and his family's escape from the Nazis. She studied literature and is now a professor of English at Wellesley College, where she teaches Victorian and American literature. She lives with her husband and daughter in Sherborn, Massachusetts.