On Sale: August 27, 2019
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In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a
ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk
everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the
Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan
Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the
countryâ€™s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now
turned into Nazi propaganda. Heleneâ€™s entire world changes
when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who
draws her into a secret network publishing dissident
Aubrionâ€™s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract
the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official
tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff
captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an
impossible choice: use the newspaper to paint the Allies as
monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all,
Aubrion has a brilliant idea: they will pretend to do the
Nazisâ€™ bidding, but instead they will publish a fake edition
of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and
Stalinâ€”giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh
in the face of their oppressors.
The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they
have only eighteen days to tell it.
Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating
emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the
extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten
by historyâ€”unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to
orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern
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