Winter in Wartime
by Jan Terlouw
What is it about:
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.
What did I think of it:
I can't even count how many times I checked this book out of the library as a kid. And it's one of the few Dutch classics that I love that's translated to English.
It's a really cool and suspenseful book about a young teen becoming involved in the resistance, but more so it's about growing up. Michiel leanrs the hard way that not everyone wants to or can do what's right, and that he has to learn to trust his own wits to figure out who's to be trusted and who might betray him.
All in all this is a beautiful and interesting read.
I can recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a suspenseful and engaging book for people aged 9 and up.
Why should you read it:
It's a suspenseful and cool read set in WWII
Live in the Netherlands and read Dutch?
Most bookstores have this book for just 1 euro at the moment to encourage kids to pick up this classic.