Children's author Margi Preus will be the featured guest for the May 9 BookEnds online edition.

Her book "Village of Scoundrels" is based on the true story of the French villagers in World War II who saved thousands of Jews, according to a Wadena County Historical Society news release. Forging documents, smuggling people over the border, carrying messages for the French Resistance-- the teenagers of Les Lauzes found ways of helping the refugees in their midst.

Preus is also the author of the Newberry Honor book "Heart of a Samurai" and other books for young readers including the Minnesota Book Award "West of the Moon" and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book "The Clue in the Trees."

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