They call her the Arab of Warsaw.
Some say she’s Jewish. A few know that she’s a girl.
Most agree she’s high on the Nazis’ hit list.
One person believes she could become a hero.
Poland, 1939. Arab knows that looking out for anyone but herself is as good as painting a target on her own back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as a boy, lead her street gang, and refuse to get involved.
But though Arab starts the war with just one goal—stay alive—others have different ideas for her. And when a stranger who claims to work with the resistance tries to recruit Arab for a rescue mission, she has to make a choice. Trying to be a hero is a surefire way to get killed. But if she doesn’t do it, who will?
Hard-hitting and unforgettable, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a story about survival, the necessity of resistance, and the hope that can be found when the world is at its darkest.
“An unforgettable read that illuminates genuine hope in a very dark world. In The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, Platt has worked literary magic that not only enthralls and entertains, but says as much about today as it does about the past. Nothing short of a masterpiece.”
— Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"As timely as it is riveting, this gritty tale of one girl’s extraordinary courage in the face of malignant evil grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. Abra embodies the complexity, vulnerability, and tenacity of the human spirit, becoming a flesh and blood monument to love’s power to triumph over tyranny. A transformative story of loss-of-innocence and redemption, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die will stay with you long after you put it down."
— Tawni Waters
BEAUTY OF THE BROKEN, winner of the International Literacy Assn. YA Award
"A thrilling tale of resistance with a capital R. Set during WWII, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a tale for our times, and Abra is a heroine for the ages. My heart pounded from the very first page - I could not put this book down."
— Kristin Elizabeth Clark