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Series: NYRB Kids
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Winter in Wartime
Jan Terlouw, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson
Originally published in Dutch in 1973 and newly translated here, this gripping tale of conspiracy and humanity is based on the author's childhood memories of the war. Suspenseful third-person narration provides historically and culturally specific details along with insight into Michiel's inner thoughts. The contradictions and the horrors of war are laid out in succinct, powerful prose. Winding to a quiet yet satisfying ending, Terlouw laments the never-ending cycle of war. . . . A nuanced perspective on World War II and a testament to the power of a young person to resist.
Offers a compelling look at the effects of war on both individuals and on an entire town . . . leaving the reader with a strong sense of the inner fortitude and courage necessary for survival when people are devastated by a brutal war.
A vivid, captivating portrait of life and resistance during the German occupation in the Netherlands. The strength and courage of the characters is sure to inspire a new generation of readers.
—R.M. Romero, author of The Dollmaker of Krakow
A fine book, supremely well written, that takes us back to a time, not that long ago . . . A terrible winter of hunger and occupation and war. It's a book we should all read, to remind us never to take our freedom and peace and plenty for granted.
—Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
This exciting book has long been considered a classic in Holland. And anyone who has read this moving, powerful story can understand why.