About the Book
"It's the thrilling story of one boy's quest to find his father and protect his younger sister during the great Dutch famine of World War II. ""Sometimes you have to take a chance, because it's the only chance you have." Thirteen-year-old Dirk has been the man of the house since his Papa disappeared while fighting against the Nazis
Book Synopsis The thrilling story of one boy's quest to find his father and protect his younger sister during the great Dutch famine of World War II."Sometimes you have to take a chance, because it's the only chance you have."
Thirteen-year-old Dirk has been the man of the house since his papa disappeared while fighting against the Nazis with the Dutch Resistance. When the Gestapo arrests Dirk's older sister, who is also a Resistance fighter, Dirk fears that he and his little sister, Anna, might be next.
With only pockets full of food and his sister asleep in his arms, Dirk runs away to find his father. As Dirk leads Anna across the war-torn Netherlands, from farmyards to work camps, he must rely on his wits and his father's teaching to find his way.
From the Back Cover Can Dirk and Anna escape the Nazis before it's too late?
In late 1944, the Nazis have their sights set on expanding their empire by conquering the Dutch. In response, 13-year-old Dirk's papa leaves everyone he loves behind to fight with the Resistance. After the Gestapo snatches his older sister, Dirk learns they'll come for him next. A knock on the door in the middle of the night catapults Dirk and his 6-year-old sister, Anna, into a frightening journey as Dirk suddenly finds himself solely responsible for protecting her. Together, with only the food they can carry in a small bag, the siblings set out on a desperate journey across the Netherlands to find their grandparents, father, and sister.
Dirk's greatest challenge comes when he must decide whether to stay in a house targeted for bombardment or request help from a powerful but untrustworthy man--a German officer who deserted.
A gritty but hopeful wartime thriller.--Kirkus Reviews