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Author: Monica Hesse Narrator: Natalia Payne Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781478936572
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Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to 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. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat 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 the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Natalia Payne’s flat narration captures the detached emotions of eighteen-year-old Hanneke…At the peak of the horror, Hanneke’s honesty emerges, and Payne’s reading becomes more emotional. Suzanne Toren’s authoritatively voiced author’s notes follow, as well as a conversation with the author, narrator, and editors.”


  • “Every devastating moment of this beautiful novel is both poignant and powerful, and every word feels true.”

    Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Connects a modern teenagers’ sensibility with a time and place young readers will know from The Diary of Anne Frank in this intelligent and humane historical mystery.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Powerful, taught and intelligent…the historical setting is rendered the way only an expert can do it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Riveting…a gripping historical mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This fast-paced story is alternately touching, heart-pounding and wrenching-but always gripping.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “Skillfully combines reality with fiction…Hesse’s pacing infuses her story with thriller suspense, enriching the narrative with dramatic surprises both small and large.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The themes of love, betrayal, heroism, social responsibility, and atonement are beautifully intertwined with well-developed characters and a compelling story line. Thoroughly researched, this work brings history alive in a clear and concise way that rings true.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This is a stunning literary work as well as a wonderful addition to WWII and Holocaust collections.”


  • “Not only an intriguing missing persons case, it’s a poignant, wonderfully crafted story of love and loss, courage and redemption.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • A remarkable book overflowing with emotion, suspense, and history. The South Bergenite
  • 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

  • This heartbreaking story of terror and loss sweeps you into a time-is-running-out mystery that delivers plot twists and a shocking final punch that'll haunt you for days. Justine Magazine
  • A 2016 Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far Selection for Teens & Young Adults
  • Winner of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
  • An All Iowa Reads selection
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 for Young Adults
  • A 2016 Booklist Best Book for Young Adults
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • A 2016 YALSA Pick of Best Books for Young Adults
  • Finalist for the 2017 Indies Choice Book Award for Young Adults
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens selection for 2016

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About the Author

Monica Hesse, a columnist at the Washington Post, is the author of several acclaimed books. including Girl in the Blue Coat and American Fire.

About the Narrator

Natalia Payne is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress whose film and television credits include Crazy Love, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, among others.