Thoughts on: Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw

October 12, 2011

About:
Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw is a fictional book set in World War II. The book is a Dutch classic originally called Oorlogswinter.

  • 220 pages
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • ISBN: 1935954024

My rating for Winter in Wartime5
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Thoughts:
Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw certainly deserves its status as a Dutch classic. Mr. Terlouw took a very serious subject matter and wrote a gripping, suspenseful story filled with humor and wit.

While the book is geared towards the Young Adult (YA) market, it is by no means condescending or depressing, quite the opposite, part of its charm is the intelligence, warmth and positive way in which the story is laid out and tackles difficult yet appropriate subjects.

For those of us who love history, we realize what an especially horrible time was the last winter of World War II for many of the Nazi occupied lands. The book shows the hardships and sorrows as well as the heroism and preservation of its young protagonist assuming adult responsibilities.

Even though many people and bloggers have been surprised by the quality of YA books, I’m not one of them. Some of my favorite books were, and still are the wonderful YA fiction I read in my youth. The genre hasn’t changed, just gotten the recognition it has always deserved.

So tell me, what is your favorite YA book?

Synopsis:
It is the end of World War II and 14 year old Michiel becomes unwittingly involved with the Dutch Resistance while aiding a wounded British soldier.

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Article first published as Book Review: Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw on Blogcritics

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One Comment

  • Alex Baugh October 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Very nice review. I am in the middle of reading this and am finding it, as you say, suspenseful. One does forget the kinds of adult tasks young people took on during the war and books like this are a great reminder. Thanks for putting on to this book.

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