The story starts with a knock on the door in the middle of the night to warn of the Gestapo and it doesn’t slow down from there. Dirk, 13, is the only family Anna, 6, has left now that their mother is dead, their sister has been taken in for questioning, and their father is fighting with the Dutch Resistance. It is now up to Dirk and Dirk alone to get Anna to safety in a country torn apart by war and reunite their family. Hunger Winter by Rob Currie is the thrilling and touching tale of a brother who will stop at nothing to outwit the Nazis and get his family back.
-Clare— From Clare's Recs
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.