A Boy in WarBook - 2008
When Jan is seven, Nazis attack and take over Holland. At first, not much changes. Soon, though, war starts taking things away: important things like neighbors and friends, trust and respect, even clothing, fuel and food. Through it all, Jan is still a boy, finding ways to play with friends and paddle his sailing canoe in the canals. But he must also filch food and help protect his father's "guests" from the enemy. Then the enemy takes his father away. Jan and his mother are on the run. They dodge bombs, sleep in haystacks, work for their food... all the while desperately searching for refuge and hoping for normal life--and Pa--to someday, somehow, return.
Jan de Grootwas born in 1932 in The Hague, Holland, and now lives in Langley, British Columbia. He regularly contributes articles to boating magazines, and he writes forDe Krant, a Dutch newspaper distributed throughout the world.
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When Holland was invaded by the German army in World War 2, life became very difficult for the Dutch people. Many people were imprisoned. Food was very scarce, and schools were closed. This is one boy’s story during the war – the story of Jan de Groot, author of this book.
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