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 neighbours 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.
An exciting, touching true story of the Second World War, told by the Dutch Canadian who lived it.
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