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The 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 o The 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.


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The 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 o The 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.

30 review for Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    My fifth grade library patrons will be thrilled to see another WWII historical fiction novel on our library shelves and I am happy to add one that carries the family's motto of hope throughout the entire book: "Keep your hopes high and your prayer strong!" Dutch Resistance fighter Hans is missing and his wife has passed away, leaving older sister Els, middle son Dirk, and 6 year old Anna on their own in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. When Els is captured by the Gestapo, Dirk is dete My fifth grade library patrons will be thrilled to see another WWII historical fiction novel on our library shelves and I am happy to add one that carries the family's motto of hope throughout the entire book: "Keep your hopes high and your prayer strong!" Dutch Resistance fighter Hans is missing and his wife has passed away, leaving older sister Els, middle son Dirk, and 6 year old Anna on their own in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. When Els is captured by the Gestapo, Dirk is determined to protect Anna and get them both to Oma and Opa's house in another town. Author Rob Currie alternates between Els' struggle to keep her father's secrets from first the Gestapo and then the Luftwaffe and the torture she endures and the harrowing journey experienced by Dirk and Anna as they traverse occupied territory. The family is fictional, but their experiences are not and readers will come away with greater knowledge of the Hunger Winter of 1944 and what the Dutch suffered before being liberated in 1945. Back matter included is informative and while my ARC did not contain it, I understand that the final edition contains a map that allows the reader to trace Dirk and Anna's travels. The level of violence in this book is appropriate for the target audience of grades 4-6 without sugarcoating the events. There is no profanity nor sexual content. Hans Ingelse's family identify as Christians and Anna tells her father of prayers to Jesus, but there is no proselytizing, only a message of hope amidst horror. Highly recommended. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley. 2nd reading-During COVID19, I set up a Read Aloud Google Classroom for my library patrons and primarily read books I had given 5 star ratings. This second reading confirmed the reasons for my earlier 5 star rating. This WWII novel is definitely a "must have" for any library with high circulation in the genre and maybe in libraries that don't have much readership there because this one might create a buzz that generates a new trend! I love it. The poem included in the back matter could easily be used to support TEKS or Common Core standards in poetry, especially in the compare/contrast requirement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    What I thought I was about to read was middle-grade historical fiction exploring a challenging time the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. I was excited by the idea of learning more about the infamous Hunger Winter suffered by the Dutch as the Nazis tried to starve out their resistance. And, to be fair, there is a bit of that in there. A significant portion of my disappointment comes from the misleading publisher blurbs about the book. I would consider this a thriller in a historical setting What I thought I was about to read was middle-grade historical fiction exploring a challenging time the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. I was excited by the idea of learning more about the infamous Hunger Winter suffered by the Dutch as the Nazis tried to starve out their resistance. And, to be fair, there is a bit of that in there. A significant portion of my disappointment comes from the misleading publisher blurbs about the book. I would consider this a thriller in a historical setting more so than a work of historical fiction. While some interesting historic details were included in the story, it is by and large an action and adventure story, full of chases and fights. Furthermore, the book is a work of Christian fiction. Which is all fine and well if you like to read Christian fiction, but we aren't all Christian. And those of us who aren't, don't particularly enjoy having a sermon on the powers of prayer handed to us in the guise of a story. If I wanted to read a parable, I have a copy of the Bible, several copies in fact. Last, but most certainly not least, the writing was clunky in several areas. In particular the attempts to inobtrusively explain the Dutch idioms used were terribly intrusive and felt like exactly what they were—expositional dialog. To add injury to insult, the phrases were then used ad nauseam in garish opposition to the American English vernacular that surrounded them. Repetitive was a word that sprang to mind often as I read, and I found myself rolling my eyes as the oh-so-obviously-the-moral-of-the-story sentence of "Keep your hopes up and your prayers strong" was said again and again and again and again and again. The little compendium of facts at the back was a nice touch, and you will find all the historical fact that is vaguely touched up in the novel there. In short, if you don't mind repetition and would like a Christian thriller in a historical setting for your children's library, you should get this. You'll probably like this. If you are secular, give this one a pass because you'll just want to throw it against the wall. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I generally say thank you right here, but I'm not feeling particularly grateful this time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    The story of a courageous boy and his family as they fight for freedom, in the Nazi occupied Netherlands during WWII. When Dirk and Anna's older sister is arrested, Dirk and Anna set off on a dangerous journey, facing kidnapping, betrayal, and coming face to face with the enemy multiple times. Will their fractured family ever see each other again? An action packed historical read targeted at middle grade readers about the Hunger Winter and the struggles that the Dutch faced during Nazi occupied Ne The story of a courageous boy and his family as they fight for freedom, in the Nazi occupied Netherlands during WWII. When Dirk and Anna's older sister is arrested, Dirk and Anna set off on a dangerous journey, facing kidnapping, betrayal, and coming face to face with the enemy multiple times. Will their fractured family ever see each other again? An action packed historical read targeted at middle grade readers about the Hunger Winter and the struggles that the Dutch faced during Nazi occupied Netherlands. Dirk is a brave young man, he is very responsible and his quick thinking keep himself and his sister safe. Anna is a sweet little girl, with a straightforward innocence and trust, with a child-like faith that reminds those around her about what is important. I liked how the book also follows Dirk and Anna's sister, Els showing her strength and resilience against the odds. I will mention that there was gun use and violence, but I think that it is fitting for this book as it depicts a very tumultuous time in history, and made the story more realistic. An action packed read, filled with daring, family and hope. I liked how the book did a good job of showing the danger that the children faced as well as the humanity of the people affected. It was a quick read, written for a younger target audience, and while there was a lot going on, I did find myself skimming here and there. But I do think that this is a good, wholesome read, with good themes of discernment, family and faith. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    I requested and received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! Dirk is so resourceful, and I love his interactions with Anna he is so caring and patient. I love the amount of research the author did on World War II and that he includes real events within his fictional story. Just a great read, I couldn't put it down! #HungerWinter #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Educational YA story of the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Thirteen-year-old Dirk has been charged with taking care of his younger sister Anna since his papa left to aid the Dutch resistance against the German Occupation. His mother died one night shortly after his father left and now his older sister Els has been captured by the Gestapo and likely tortured to learn the whereabouts of their father. When their neighbor comes in the night to warn Dirk about Els capture, h Educational YA story of the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Thirteen-year-old Dirk has been charged with taking care of his younger sister Anna since his papa left to aid the Dutch resistance against the German Occupation. His mother died one night shortly after his father left and now his older sister Els has been captured by the Gestapo and likely tortured to learn the whereabouts of their father. When their neighbor comes in the night to warn Dirk about Els capture, he takes his younger sister and sets off to make it to their Aunts house in a nearby town. Along the way, Dirk and Anna face many uncertain challenges including informers, work camps, and deserting German officers. Dirk must rely on everything he learned from his father about staying alive as well as his wits if he is going to keep Anna safe. I love getting new material that educates readers on lesser known areas about World War II. Sadly, I must admit that the most knowledge I have of the Netherlands during this time period comes from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. So, I was pleased to learn more about the occupation and the meaning behind Hunger Winter. I’m very happy that there are becoming more young adult novels that are educating our young about the past so that maybe we can avoid repeating it in the future! Dirk was a protagonist that I enjoyed watch come of age. He had a lot thrust upon him at only thirteen years old and took up that challenge without complaining. He become well educated about what was going on around him but still managed to maintain some adolescent innocence. Els was a very strong spirited character and someone that I continually wanted to see escape. She was also very smart to catch her captors trying to trick her into revealing information. I’ve started to build up quite a collection of YA novels from this time period and my nine-year-old son has begun to really become interested in them. This will definitely be added to the shelf! I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review, author q&a, plus giveaway on FaithfullyBookish.com Hunger Winter boasts a heartfelt and fast-paced plot with endearing characters and an age-appropriate glimpse of Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands. The Ingelse family’s perseverance, dedication, and tenacious hope hooked each of us in turn. Els (18), Dirk (13), and Ana (6) each play an important role in their family’s survival story. Hunger Winter is a much-needed contribution for the often-overlooked middle-grade-to-young-adult Full review, author q&a, plus giveaway on FaithfullyBookish.com Hunger Winter boasts a heartfelt and fast-paced plot with endearing characters and an age-appropriate glimpse of Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands. The Ingelse family’s perseverance, dedication, and tenacious hope hooked each of us in turn. Els (18), Dirk (13), and Ana (6) each play an important role in their family’s survival story. Hunger Winter is a much-needed contribution for the often-overlooked middle-grade-to-young-adult readers. I would recommend reading along with your child if he/she tends to be especially tenderhearted or timid. Overall, this book is enjoyable for all ages, launching discussions about history, family, and faith. I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Well, that was kinda disappointing. It wasn't terrible, but I don't think I'd read it again. My main complaints are: 1) The writing style felt immature. So many things were plainly stated that I felt would have been MUCH better merely hinted at/left for the reader to discover. I also disliked the way that Dirk's thoughts were expressed, and how they were interspersed throughout the narrative so frequently. 2) The story was almost nonstop action, with no time for a quiet, thoughtful, heartfelt scen Well, that was kinda disappointing. It wasn't terrible, but I don't think I'd read it again. My main complaints are: 1) The writing style felt immature. So many things were plainly stated that I felt would have been MUCH better merely hinted at/left for the reader to discover. I also disliked the way that Dirk's thoughts were expressed, and how they were interspersed throughout the narrative so frequently. 2) The story was almost nonstop action, with no time for a quiet, thoughtful, heartfelt scene. I think it would have benefited from a few more of them. 3) At least a few plot twists felt suspiciously implausible...so yeah. 🙃

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Lasko

    This book was a positive spin on a dark time in history that restores my hope in humanity and I stayed up late reading it to the end. It is geared towards middle school aged kids but I enjoyed it and I am a middle aged adult.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fitzpatrick

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ /5! Hunger Winter by #robcurrie. Thank you @tyndalehouse for sharing this fantastic novel with @kidlitexchange . WWII in Europe and their father (the leaders of the Resistance) disappears, his older sisters is arrested, his mother has passed away and now 13 year old Dirk is taking care of his sister Anna. The Nazi's are coming after them and the two siblings must escape in order to survive. The Nazi's are destroying everything Dirk holds near and dear. Dirk and Anna run away to relati ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ /5! Hunger Winter by #robcurrie. Thank you @tyndalehouse for sharing this fantastic novel with @kidlitexchange . WWII in Europe and their father (the leaders of the Resistance) disappears, his older sisters is arrested, his mother has passed away and now 13 year old Dirk is taking care of his sister Anna. The Nazi's are coming after them and the two siblings must escape in order to survive. The Nazi's are destroying everything Dirk holds near and dear. Dirk and Anna run away to relatives trying to escape the Nazi's hold that is slowly engulfing them. This novel has everything a WWII #middlegrade novel should have. Soldiers, fighting, describing life as someone who is trying to escape the Nazis , action, heartache and suspense. This is a novel that hooks you and it doesn't unhook you until you finish the novel. The cover art is BEAUTIFUL and I just LOVE how the art captives you! This is a book that will for sure be ordered! #kidlitexchange

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    WWII with a twist. Love it. I am Dutch, and the Nazi-imposed starvation setting of the book gave me educational and interesting information on the "Honger Winter", and what some of their families faced back then. Adults and kids seem to react to this book with different outlooks. Out of 20 reader friends, the adults can't put it down to find out what happens next. They like it a lot! The kids on the other hand, LOVE it! When given the chance to pick the next book, a boy stated he wanted another bo WWII with a twist. Love it. I am Dutch, and the Nazi-imposed starvation setting of the book gave me educational and interesting information on the "Honger Winter", and what some of their families faced back then. Adults and kids seem to react to this book with different outlooks. Out of 20 reader friends, the adults can't put it down to find out what happens next. They like it a lot! The kids on the other hand, LOVE it! When given the chance to pick the next book, a boy stated he wanted another book like Rob Currie's. A girl gave it 2 million stars out of 1 million. Another was never interested in WWII until Hunger Winter. They are looking for Rob Currie's next book to come out. You get the idea. The author has these kids engaged in reading and learning! Kudos to Currie.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Glatt

    A fast-paced, exciting WWII book set in the Netherlands. Fans of Alan Gratz would enjoy this middle grade book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I was spell bound from the start of this captivating, emotionally charged, page-turning, debut novel. “BAM! BAM! BAM! “Dirk Ingeles’s eyes flew open…Who could be knocking on the front door? Gestapo? His insides turned to ice.” It’s a distressing story tangled in a web of sorrows, unforeseen events, yet filled with hope, faith and a unimaginable bravery these young ones have while facing their fears and head to the goal of reuniting their family, as the enemy seeks to arrest them. Nazi’s were hand I was spell bound from the start of this captivating, emotionally charged, page-turning, debut novel. “BAM! BAM! BAM! “Dirk Ingeles’s eyes flew open…Who could be knocking on the front door? Gestapo? His insides turned to ice.” It’s a distressing story tangled in a web of sorrows, unforeseen events, yet filled with hope, faith and a unimaginable bravery these young ones have while facing their fears and head to the goal of reuniting their family, as the enemy seeks to arrest them. Nazi’s were handing out extra food and things to those who would spy on their neighbors? Who to trust? I was astounded at the bravery of these children and how Dirk’s father trained him and his older sister Els how to deal with the enemy, how to fight, run, hide and if captured what not to say. Dirk was only 13 when he was pushed out into the dangerous streets to fend for him and his 6-year-old little sister with a small bag of food and a few things for their journey. It wasn’t safe for them at his aunt’s house anymore. The Gestapo sought to snatch them up so they could use them to pry out their father’s secrets he held close to his chest. You never know what you are capable of until the rubber meets the road. I was amazed at the courage and determination these kids had in the hope of being reunited again. I enjoyed how the kids kept saying and reminding themselves of what their father told them. …”Keep your hopes up and your prayers strong.” “Sometimes you have to take a chance because it’s the only chance you have.” “Papa smiled. “…We love the cross because it’s a sign that even when things get really bad, Christ loves us and he’s coming back.” This is an incredible story based on true events the author notes in the back of the book along with an insightful author interview and discussion questions that will help with your book club discussion. I highly recommend this as a book club pick. Although this was written for the YA audience anyone would enjoy this story. This is a novel is keeper and this author is one to watch. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Dirk and his family live in Holland, but the war has been cruel. His mother has passed away, his father ( the leader of the Resistance) has been taken by the Nazis, and his older sister Els has just been captured as well. He is responsible for his younger sister, Anna, so when there is news that the Nazis are coming after the two of them as well, they take off to their aunt and uncle's house. Their aunt takes care of them the best she can, since food is almost non E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Dirk and his family live in Holland, but the war has been cruel. His mother has passed away, his father ( the leader of the Resistance) has been taken by the Nazis, and his older sister Els has just been captured as well. He is responsible for his younger sister, Anna, so when there is news that the Nazis are coming after the two of them as well, they take off to their aunt and uncle's house. Their aunt takes care of them the best she can, since food is almost nonexistent, but the children are soon picked up and taken to a work camp where conditions are very hard. An officer tells Dirk he has a friend who is willing to adopt Anna, so Dirk knows he must leave. He has an opportunity when the factory where they are working is bombed. The siblings seek safety at a farmhouse, and the older couple takes them in, but there is also a German officer, Fleischer, who claims to be on their side. When other Germans arrive in the area, he confines the children in the basement. Dirk realizes that Fleischer needs to escape too, and talks him into driving him and Anna to the Americans. Fleischer surrenders, and the US soldiers take the children to their grandparents. As the war winds down, will Dirk and Anna be able to find their father and sister? Strengths: This had just about everything I want in a WWII novel. Just enough soldiers and fighting, details about civilian life, Nazis who aren't completely evil (I had a friend who fought in the Wehrmacht against his will. It was fight or die.), and lots of action and suspense. It was a fantastic length, and easy for my struggling readers to understand. The best part was that it started strong and never got boring. The cover is also very appealing, and I don't have a lot on the Dutch during the war. The notes at the end were very helpful as well. Weaknesses: It seemed a little unrealistic that Dirk would be reunited with both his father and sister, but that also makes this a good choice to hand to overly sensitive souls who struggle with the Holocaust unit. What I really think: I will definitely purchase a copy; two if some of my WWII books get lost!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    It's 1944 and the Gestapo would like nothing more than to capture Dutch resistance leader Hans Ingelse. So far, Ingelse has managed to avoid capture and continue his resistance activities. But, since his wife had died two months earlier, the Gestapo now have his three children in their sights. In the middle of the night, on November 11th, a neighbor risks his life to let 13-year-old Dirk Ingelse know that the Gestapo has arrested his older sister Els for her resistance activity, and now, they ar It's 1944 and the Gestapo would like nothing more than to capture Dutch resistance leader Hans Ingelse. So far, Ingelse has managed to avoid capture and continue his resistance activities. But, since his wife had died two months earlier, the Gestapo now have his three children in their sights. In the middle of the night, on November 11th, a neighbor risks his life to let 13-year-old Dirk Ingelse know that the Gestapo has arrested his older sister Els for her resistance activity, and now, they are on their way to the Ingelse home in Oosterbeek for Dirk and his 6-year-old sister Anna. Luckily, papa had already begun to teach Dirk what to do in certain situations to avoid capture. Dirk wastes no time getting Anna up and out to begin the trek to their Tante Cora's house in Doorwerth, taking what little food they had. Meanwhile, Els is being held in an interrogation center in downtown Oosterbeek, and it doesn't take long for the torture to begin. The Gestapo is sure Els will break and tell them where her papa is, but she's stronger and more determined than they realize. Dirk and Anna safely reach Tante Cora's the next day, and feel somewhat safe there, but hungry, since all food is confiscated by the Nazis. And they must still be cautious now that they are in danger of being picked up by the Gestapo. Instead, Dirk and Anna get picked up in a Nazi razzia, a roundup of any able-bodied person to work in munition factories. There, a sergeant decides to give Anna to a friend who had recently lost his daughter, as a replacement. Hearing that, Dirk is determined to escape, but how? The factory is so well guarded. Luckily, on November 22nd, the Allies begin to bomb that part of Holland. As the guards take cover, a bomb hits, giving Dirk and Anna an opportunity to escape - right into a minefield. But, Dirk figures out the path through the field and soon they are on their way to Oma and Opa's farm in Nijmegen. But, before they get there, Anna sprains her ankle, and they need to stop at a farmhouse near Driel. There, they are met by a elderly couple, and a Nazi officer holding them at gunpoint. He claims he wants to turn himself over to the Americans in Nijmegen, but is this just another trick to catch their papa? Meanwhile, the Gestapo still hasn't gotten Els to talk, so they decide to amp up the torture, transferring her to a Luftwaffe base in Rotterdam on November 26th, just before the Allies dropped bombs on that city. Will the Ingelse family survive capture and be reunited with papa, if he is even still alive? Now that the Americans have liberated Nijmegen and are pushing forward, the Nazis seem to be getting more and more desperate to capture Hans Ingelse, refusing to acknowledge that the German Reich might actually be losing the war. Hunger Winter is certainly an action-packed novel, with very appealing characters that readers can root for (well, truth be told, I found Anna very annoying). Personally, I would have liked a little more about Els, who is my favorite character. There's also a bit of mystery surrounding what has become of the children's father, and that isn't revealed until the end, and it quite a revelation, but readers never really get to know him. I thought Currie really captured the starvation of the Dutch people due to the lack of food during the winter of 1944-1945. Tante Cora has Dirk dig up the bulbs in the garden for soup, there is a hint about the fate of her stolen dog that might not be caught by younger readers, trading valuables with farmers for food only to have it taken by the Nazis, and of course, collaborating with the Nazis for extra rations. It did bother me that the Nazi officer Dirk and Anna meet at the farmhouse on their way to Oma and Opa's turns out to be someone their father went to school with. That was just more coincidence than my adult sensibility could accept, but probably not for my nine-year-old self, so I don't think younger middle grade readers will have a problem with it, either. Back matter includes a section called What Really Happened?, an interview with the author, Rob Currie, Discussion Questions for teachers, and Key World War II Dates for the Netherlands, as well as maps. I read an ARC, with included everything but the maps. Hunger Winter is a nice work of historical fiction and not many take place in the Netherlands for this age group. If I were teaching a WWII unit, I would pair it with Hilda van Stockum's The Winged Watchman, originally published in 1962, as a nice resistance compare and contrast component. This book is recommended for readers age 8+ This book was an EARC gratefully received from NetGalley

  15. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Little

    @kidlitexchange Partner: Hunger Winter by Rob Currie. Available NOW through @tyndalehouse. In Hunger Winter, 13-year-old Dirk and 6-year-old Anna find themselves basically orphaned in occupied Holland after their mother dies, their big sister is captured, and their father (a key figure in the resistance) disappears. Together, Dirk and Anna must cross the country looking for refuge with family members during the infamous Hongerwinter of 1944/45. I’ll admit to LOVING a travel novel. Yes the circum @kidlitexchange Partner: Hunger Winter by Rob Currie. Available NOW through @tyndalehouse. In Hunger Winter, 13-year-old Dirk and 6-year-old Anna find themselves basically orphaned in occupied Holland after their mother dies, their big sister is captured, and their father (a key figure in the resistance) disappears. Together, Dirk and Anna must cross the country looking for refuge with family members during the infamous Hongerwinter of 1944/45. I’ll admit to LOVING a travel novel. Yes the circumstances in this one are horrific, but the characters don’t stay in one place for long, and I love that. It keeps the action flowing. I thought some parts of this book could have been better, like it really hammered into your head that The Nazis are bad! Very very bad! I appreciate some subtlety. But at the same time, this would make it a good introduction to the topic for kids. My favorite part was Dirk and Anna’s wild escape with Fleischer. I also learned a lot about Luftwaffe interrogation. Hunger Winter is available now and it’s a great WWII resource for kids! Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy—all opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    How much tragedy can one family face during WWII? Dirk is a thirteen-year-old boy who is left to take care of his six-year-old sister, Anna. Their father has left them to help the Dutch Resistance fight the Nazis. Dirk and Anna set out on a journey across the war-torn Netherlands to search for their father and older sister, Else. I have read several adult WWII historical fiction books. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book. I think this book is unlike other WWII books, because it How much tragedy can one family face during WWII? Dirk is a thirteen-year-old boy who is left to take care of his six-year-old sister, Anna. Their father has left them to help the Dutch Resistance fight the Nazis. Dirk and Anna set out on a journey across the war-torn Netherlands to search for their father and older sister, Else. I have read several adult WWII historical fiction books. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book. I think this book is unlike other WWII books, because it tells the story of children. Hunger Winter was well written and kept you on the edge of your seat throughout its entirety. Each time I read a section, I wanted to keep reading until I got to a part where I knew Dirk and Anna were safe. I loved how the author was able to write a historical fiction thriller that is also appropriate for middle grade readers. This book is great for kids and adults who enjoy historical fiction.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lilian

    Dirk Ingelese knows that he has to do everything he can to survive in order to protect his little sister Anna from the moffen ( Nazis) . They travel across the Netherlands to find their father and older sister w, members of the underground Dutch resistance with the hope of being reunited as a family once again. In light of his circumstances, Dirk had to grow up pretty fast and was kept afloat with his father's teachings. It was interesting to learn about the Hongerwinter (literal: Hunger Winter Dirk Ingelese knows that he has to do everything he can to survive in order to protect his little sister Anna from the moffen ( Nazis) . They travel across the Netherlands to find their father and older sister w, members of the underground Dutch resistance with the hope of being reunited as a family once again. In light of his circumstances, Dirk had to grow up pretty fast and was kept afloat with his father's teachings. It was interesting to learn about the Hongerwinter (literal: Hunger Winter) period during the German-occupation of the Netherlands since it is one of the WWII legacies that isn't highlighted very often I read in disbelief about the Dutch collaborators and the roles that they played in betraying their fellow countryman but at the same time was sympathetic to their situation. Overall, this was an interesting read, though it would have been better with "more show and less tell". P.S. This book was provided as an eARC by the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks, Tyndale Publishing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janet Riehecky

    I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers. The story is an engrossing tale of courage and faith. It follows a young man who must get his younger sister to safety during the terrible hunger winter in the Netherlands during World War II. There are lots of plot twists and turns and enough action to keep even a reluctant reader glued to the pages. It also gives a glimpse of a part of WWII that many people don't know about, a time when the Nazis tried to starve the Dutch people. The chara I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers. The story is an engrossing tale of courage and faith. It follows a young man who must get his younger sister to safety during the terrible hunger winter in the Netherlands during World War II. There are lots of plot twists and turns and enough action to keep even a reluctant reader glued to the pages. It also gives a glimpse of a part of WWII that many people don't know about, a time when the Nazis tried to starve the Dutch people. The characters are people you'd want to be friends with, and the messages is uplifting and inspiring.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    "Hunger Winter" is a delight. Exploring the plight of Netherlands through young eyes definitely makes Hunger Winter stand out from other WII YA stories. There's a lot to love about this action-packed novel, but my favorite element of the story is Dirk's relationship with his sister, Anna. There's a brave sweetness to his care for her that makes him a lovable and sympathetic hero. I definitely recommend this book to readers who love history, excitement, and good-hearted people.

  20. 4 out of 5

    shalawilput

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishing for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. After his older sister, Els, is captured by the Gestapo, Dirk is forced to run or risk being captured. But he isn’t alone; he has his 6 year old sister that he must keep safe as well. With his mother dead and his father nowhere to be found Dirk must avoid the Nazi’s and get to a safe place. As food becomes more and more scarce hiding from the Nazi’s becomes only one of Dirk’s Many thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishing for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. After his older sister, Els, is captured by the Gestapo, Dirk is forced to run or risk being captured. But he isn’t alone; he has his 6 year old sister that he must keep safe as well. With his mother dead and his father nowhere to be found Dirk must avoid the Nazi’s and get to a safe place. As food becomes more and more scarce hiding from the Nazi’s becomes only one of Dirk’s concerns. I really wanted to enjoy this book. I thought it would be a great addition to our middle school library collection. Our students enjoy historical fiction stories during this time period. However, there were several things I couldn’t connect with within the story. I struggled with some of the plot twists and action sequences. They felt forced and crudely unrealistic. Although I was hoping this would be good for our middle schoolers, the writing felt very juvenile, it read more like an elementary chapter book than a middle school novel. This isn’t a book that I would recommend for a middle or high school age group. However, I do believe it would be a good addition for an elementary age student. The plot is simplistic and gives enough action to stay engaged. Plus, the author’s note gives a nice historical perspective during this particular time period. Recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    I enjoy books of this genre, and this one sounded a bit different from others I've read, as the main character is a thirteen-year-old boy. Based on the cover and description, I'd assumed this book to be middle-grade fiction, but I'm not sure that's the case. The way the story is written seems like it's more for elementary students, perhaps in 3rd-6th grade. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story line. There was a lot of telling, which caused me to feel even more distanced fro I enjoy books of this genre, and this one sounded a bit different from others I've read, as the main character is a thirteen-year-old boy. Based on the cover and description, I'd assumed this book to be middle-grade fiction, but I'm not sure that's the case. The way the story is written seems like it's more for elementary students, perhaps in 3rd-6th grade. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story line. There was a lot of telling, which caused me to feel even more distanced from the action and characters. I did enjoy the author's interview at the end of the book, but the story overall was just okay. However, as I haven't seen a lot of World War II books geared toward elementary-age students (and possibly middle grade), this book could be of interest to them. I'm not sure adults are the target audience for this one. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.** I am a sucker for historical WW2 books, particularly those set in Europe, due to this, the cover instantly grabbed me. It reminded me of the POW camps, Auschwitz and the emotions that that particular time in history can generate, even over 70 years later. Dirk and his sister Anna go through many hardships that accompanied many children during WW2, they lost their f **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.** I am a sucker for historical WW2 books, particularly those set in Europe, due to this, the cover instantly grabbed me. It reminded me of the POW camps, Auschwitz and the emotions that that particular time in history can generate, even over 70 years later. Dirk and his sister Anna go through many hardships that accompanied many children during WW2, they lost their father & sister to the Nazi's, they escape and run away to relatives, only to be picked up and sent to a camp anyway. They manage to escape and find help at a farmhouse owned by an elderly couple, finally they are helped by the Americans, however the question remains; will they be reunited with their father and/or sister? It was a pleasant read, one where not all nazi's were bad or shadowed in an evil light, it wasn't too long and I think Years 5-8 could read this book quite easily and have in depth conversations about it. While the ending was kind of tied up nicely in a bow, I think it was a good ending and not every WW2 novel needs to end in tragedy, trauma and tears.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Shank

    I was instantly intrigued by the beautiful cover and the title, Hunger Winter, as I'm familiar with the historical context of the story. Thirteen-year-old Dirk finds himself taking care of his younger sister Anna after their father disappears and their older sister, Els, is arrested. After being captured themselves, Dirk and Anna set out to find the rest of their family. Based on the cover (which is easily one of my favorite book covers ever) and topic, I had assumed this story would be a middle-g I was instantly intrigued by the beautiful cover and the title, Hunger Winter, as I'm familiar with the historical context of the story. Thirteen-year-old Dirk finds himself taking care of his younger sister Anna after their father disappears and their older sister, Els, is arrested. After being captured themselves, Dirk and Anna set out to find the rest of their family. Based on the cover (which is easily one of my favorite book covers ever) and topic, I had assumed this story would be a middle-grade fiction. Instead, the writing feels like it is more for elementary students, perhaps grades 3-5. The writing felt juvenile and there was quite a bit of telling instead of showing. I did appreciate the postscript and the interview with the author at the end. (I love The Hiding Place and Return to the Hiding Place.) It is clear the author is very knowledgable about the subject, but the writing made it difficult to fully immerse myself in the story. Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced reader company.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Bring My Books)

    This was a really good addition to the Middle Grade Historical Fiction genre, of which there are sadly not nearly enough. I feel that the historical research was clearly well done, and that it shows enough of the real horrors the Netherlands faced during WWII to be honest, but not enough that I would be worried about letting a mature pre-teen read this book. I think it would bring up some really good conversational topics, and is short enough that a parent/guardian could read it beforehand to ha This was a really good addition to the Middle Grade Historical Fiction genre, of which there are sadly not nearly enough. I feel that the historical research was clearly well done, and that it shows enough of the real horrors the Netherlands faced during WWII to be honest, but not enough that I would be worried about letting a mature pre-teen read this book. I think it would bring up some really good conversational topics, and is short enough that a parent/guardian could read it beforehand to have some topics in mind. As an adult reader, I wouldn't say that it held enough to recommend it other adults - although there are some wonderful MG Hist Fics that do transcend the MG to Adult gap, one of them being The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Thank you to NetGalley & Tyndale Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This in no way affected my review, opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary C Fuller

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cara Sweet

  27. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thomas BT

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

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