· Laurel Leaf
· Paperback · January 11, 2005 · $5.99 · 978-0-440-41831-3 (0-440-41831-3)
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1. Suzanne says, “I didn’t want to let the war affect me.” (p. 13) How does Suzanne try to avoid the affects of the war? Explain her father’s comment, “Obey the rules and no one gets hurt.” (p. 31) How does Suzanne violate her father’s warning?
2. Describe the mood in Cherbourg, France, on May 29, 1940. How does witnessing a bomb attack change the lives of Suzanne and her friend Yvette? Suzanne says, “Of all the sadness the war had brought, Yvette was the worst for me.” (p. 43) How is Yvette a war casualty? In the beginning, Suzanne goes to see Yvette often, but she grows to dread her visits. She says, “I went only for the sake of her mother.” (p. 124) Discuss why Yvette’s mother needs Suzanne.
3. What are the qualities of a good spy? Discuss how Dr. Leclerc knows that Suzanne will be a good spy. How does Suzanne maintain her bravery during her days as a spy? Discuss whether Suzanne ever considered that she was putting her family in danger. What is her father’s reaction when he learns that she has been a spy? How is he both afraid and proud?
4. The Germans force Suzanne and her family to leave their house. Suzanne says, “I wished I had taken my baby album from the house and left my winter coat behind.” (p. 83) Discuss why childhood memories are so important to her. How do childhood memories contribute to her willingness to become a spy? Suzanne says, “For many years I tried to forget the things that happened to me in the war, but now I find I want to remember.” (p. 181) Why are these memories so important to her as an adult?
5. Contrast the way Suzanne and her family learns news about the war to the way the world hears news about war today.
6. Suzanne receives the Croix de Lorraine from General Charles de Gaulle for her work during the French Resistance. How does this medal honor her courage? Why is she so proud that de Gaulle knows who she is?
For more activities on Images of War, see these titles: For Freedom by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Lord of the Nutcracker by Iain Lawrence, Girl of Kosovo by Alice Mead, Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers adapted for young people by Michael French, The Gadget by Paul Zindel, and Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian.
Prepared by Pat Scales, Director of Library Services, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC.