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Michiel van 15 maakt de laatste bittere oorlogswinter van 1944/45 mee. Eerst als toeschouwer, later betrokken bij het ondergrondse werk. In het dorpje aan de IJssel komt hij voor gevaarlijke opdrachten te staan. Heel alleen. Niemand mag hij in vertrouwen nemen, want misplaatst vertrouwen kan het hele dorp in het ongeluk storten. Met zijn eenzaamheid groeit zijn onafhankeli...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published 2003 by Lemniscaat (first published 1972)
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Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw has been a classic in the Netherlands for decades. It is a story of a boy who works for the resistance while his country is occupied by the Nazi's. Michiel spends his time riding his bike to do errands for his friends and neighbors while staying out of the way of the Nazi's that have occupied his town. When his friend gives him an envelope to pass on to a member of the resistance before he goes missing Michiel finds himself doing his part to help the resistance a...more

Oorlogswinter is een van die kinderboeken die je gewoon gelezen moet hebben, net zoals bijvoorbeeld Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek en waarschijnlijk ook De brief voor de koning (waar ik tot op heden niet doorheen kom). Het boek gaat over de laatste winter van de oorlog en wordt vanuit de ogen van een 15-jarige jongen bekeken. Zijn vader wordt vermoord als represaille en daarna wil hij in het verzet. Wanneer er een Engelse piloot neerstort ontfermt hij zich over hem. Op het einde blijkt...more
Set in occupied Holland in the winter of 1944-45, Europe’s bleakest winter of WWII, this children’s chapter book, winner of the 1973 Best Dutch Juvenile Literature prize, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Michiel and his family. Through a series of circumstances, Michiel becomes responsible for an injured British pilot who has been hidden by resistance members.

Although there are some heroic deeds performed, the author does not lose sight of the reality of war.
“(H)is father had once said: (. ....more
Heeft meester Marapin aan ons voorgelezen. Ik vond het zo spannend, dat ik in het verhaal opgaand zat te kauwen op een vulling (van een vulpen) die natuurlijk knapte hahahaha wat een afgang was dat, zit je dan met een blauwe mond. De klas moest hard lachen en meester Marapin schudde alleen maar met zijn hoofd en wees naar de gang dat ik mijn mond mocht gaan spoelen.
I was recently at a conference where Ruta Sepetys, who knows a thing or two about writing a great World War 2 novel for young people, encouraged us all to uncover our own stories. And so I returned from conference to read Winter in Wartime, a short novel about a Dutch teenager during the 'Hunger winter' of '44 in the Netherlands. Whilst it's not directly my story, it is part of the story of my children, having a Dutch father and extended family.

All this to explain that reading Winter in Wartime...more
One of my favorite books as a child. Because of this book I became interested in WW II.
I read this book as a child. This was the first book that showed me that reading is fun and relaxing.
I will read the book again to see if it still makes that much inpression on me as it did back then.

It is the icy winter of 1944/1945. Netherlands is covered by a thick layer of snow. The Second World War is still in progress. In the west of the Netherlands is a lot of hunger. In a village near Zwolle attend fourteen Michael, who can not wait until he can do something in the resistanc...more
I'm a total sucker for novels set in the European theater of World War II and the fact that this was autobiographical only fueled that fire. I don't know what it is about that war, but I'm drawn to it. It's like I can feel these experiences in my heart and it just keeps pulling me in.

Writing-wise it had a couple of things going against it: it's a translation so some of the beauty of the language was taken away; and, in my opinion, it's written by someone that had a story to tell but wasn't neces...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Win­ter in Wartime by Jan Ter­louw is a fic­tional book set in World War II. The book is a Dutch clas­sic orig­i­nally called Oor­logswin­ter.

It is the end of World War II and 14 year old Michiel becomes unwit­tingly involved with the Dutch Resis­tance while aid­ing a wounded British soldier.

Win­ter in Wartime by Jan Ter­louw cer­tainly deserves its sta­tus as a Dutch clas­sic. Mr. Ter­louw took a very seri­ous sub­ject mat­ter and wrote a grip­ping, sus­pense­ful story filled with humor and wit...more
Dooba Writes
This book, translated as Winter in Wartime, has also been adapted for a movie. Written by a Math professor / politician, it's impossible to tell the author is supposed to be a beta. He has a way with words that is enchanting as it is refreshing.

Winter in Wartime, or in the original Dutch, Oorlogswinter, tells the story of Michiel van Beusekom, a 16 year old boy in the last winter of WW2 in Holland. The south had already been liberated, but above the rivers, the Germans were still ruling. Michie...more
Alex Baugh
It is the last winter of World War 2 and the people in Holland are cold and hungry. Their country has been devastated by the occupying German forces. For Michiel Van Beusekom, the war is about to get much more dangerous, and now, at 15, he feels ready to actively work against the Germans.

And it looks liked his chance quickly arrives in the form of his neighbor and friend Dirk Knopper. Michiel knows Dirk is in the Dutch Resistance, and Dirk knows he can trust Michiel. On evening, Dirk tells him...more
Svea (Tintenfäßchen)
Ich gebe es zu, ich hatte Respekt vor “Kriegswinter”, aus dem einfachen Grund, da ich noch nicht sehr viel Erfahrung mit Gegenwartsliteratur habe. Daraufhin habe ich ganz unvoreigenommen - also ohne mich vorher weiter über dieses Werk zu informieren- angefangen es zu lesen. Und so ließ mich das Buch nach Beendigung mit zweierlei Gefühlen zurück, nicht was die Meinung über diesen Roman betrifft, sondern vielmehr was die Stimmung und die Atmosphäre, die dem Leser vermittelt wird, angeht. Leid und...more
middle school & up

Michiel is a teenager in Holland during the German occupation during World War II. He slowly, almost accidentally, becomes involved in the underground Resistance movement. He manages to successfully hide an injured British soldier from the Germans for several months. But eventually he realizes that someone he knows has to be a spy.

Really great book. I like the new perspective on WWII. It is important to remember that even non-Jews had a difficult time. (Not trying to piss a...more
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Dit is een van de Nederlandse jeugdklassiekers, maar ik had hem nog nooit gelezen. Mijn obsessie heeft zich pas op latere leeftijd ontwikkeld. Wel gek aangezien ik vroeger toch ook aardig wat las, maar dan meer van het Carry Slee en Francine Oomen gehalte.
Maar goed, ik ben nu dus met een inhaalslag bezig.

Hoewel dit boek heel dun is met zijn 162 pagina's, is het toch een uitstekend verhaal. Het thema oorlog, vriendschap en misschien verraad ook wel, zijn gewoon thema's die het prima doen. Het ver...more
Marius Viktor Aragon
My rating: 5/5 stars

Winter in Wartime is a great book about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Set during the days of World War II, Winter in Wartime (previously published in Dutch as Oorlogswinter in 1972) tells the story of 15-year-old Michiel van Beusekom. After he discovers and helps an injured British soldier named Jack, Michiel found himself accidentally involved in the underground Dutch resistance. Winter in Wartime is a really fast and engaging read with hard to forget characters. T...more
This story is touted as being as good as Anne Frank. I found it lacking in substance and detail.
Michiel is a 15yearold, during the end of the Germany occupation in Holland. Dirk is a friend that is also in the resistance movement and gives a letter to Michiel to deliver to someone else. The letter is never delivered due to the Germans. Michiel reads the letter and discovers that his friend is hiding a British Pilot. Now caring for the pilot becomes Michiel’s job. When the Germans discover one of...more
Lenore Webb
So what books have captured my attention? Gosh a variety. One was a Young Adult book that really did have me enthralled. I am finding that YA is becoming a favorite genre for me. This last one was 'Winter in Wartime' by Jan Terlouw. It takes place in Nazi occupied Holland, where Michiel unwittingly becomes part of the underground resistance movement. When one is placed in unstable conditions, you find that strength from within to carry you through. Then there are others who dig even deeper and f...more
Apr 29, 2009 nanto marked it as wishlist-‎a-k-a-buku-buruan
Kemaren sempat nonton filmnya. Judulnya sama Oorlogswinter. Judul bahasa Inggris dari buku ini jadi War in Winterttime.

Cerita drama saat Belanda diduduki Nazi Jerman. Sisi abu-abu siapa yang layak disebut pahlawan dan penghianat dalam perlawanan bawah tanah Belanda saat itu. Drama perang dari sudut pandang remaja Michiel van Beusekom yang menemukan pesawat sekutu jatuh di hutan tak jauh dari rumahnya. Ayah Michiel adalah pihak yang memilih bekerjasama dengan Nazi untuk menjaga agar tidak banyak...more
How much was lost in translation, I wonder? Although the story was interesting, this read like a report, a list of events, and the characters had no depth or development. But I am reviewing a translation of the original so my two-star rating applies to the translation, not the Dutch original (which I have not read).
Een sterk kinderboek over de oorlog. Van voor tot achter gelezen tijdens een vakantie in Berlijn: unieke ervaring. Tamelijk Hollands van tijd tot tijd, maar geschreven met een finesse waardoor je bijna de gure, kille nachten en schichtigheid van de bevolking destijds kunt voelen.
I really enjoyed reading this book. What a hard adventure and stressful time in this young mans life and how he grew and knew responsibility at his young age. It was one of those books that you want to go right on to the next chapter.
Vyacheslav Korchagin
Een leuk boek over de oorlog. Heel spannend in het einde van het boek. Je kon echt voelen hoe mensen tijdens de oorlog woonde. Honger, overvalen, strikte regels. En oorlog is slecht. Als het in het boek is geschreven: "Nooit meer in een oorlog vechten, alleen nog tegen oorlog"
Elizabeth B
This is a very slim novel but not necessarily a quick read. It serves as a good look at war from a different perspective and one that most readers miss out on. The story deals with an occupied town rather than a story taking place within a camp so this makes it easier (ie less violent) than many other war books. Translated from a classic in the Netherlands, students may have difficulty with the word choices and flow of the sentences but once they read a few pages it should begin to get easier. T...more
This review is based on an e-galley from NetGalley.com.

This classic is being re-released in October of 2011. While the only thing that may be new about this book is the cover art the classic story still appeals to children, teens and adults alike. Set during the days of World War II this story still appeals to readers over 40 years after its original release. I loved this book! This was a first read for me as it was originally published before i was born, but that didn't matter I read it all in...more
Bram Walrave
Ik heb dit boek gelezen voor school, en ik vind het zeer aangenaam lezen en het toont echt goed aan hoe het tijdens de oorlog was
Tot mijn verbazing vond ik de film interessanter dan het boek, maar misschien als ik het als tiener had gelezen zou het andersom zijn geweest.
Marie-José Jansen
A very impressive war story
Amber Berry
This is a Young Adult novel and I learned about it when I saw a movie preview. For me, it was a slow start, but a rewarding read in the end. It involved a young man, who turns 15 during the story, living in a small town in occupied Holland during the final year of WW II. My big take-away is that there are many nuances to the actions and decisions one makes. It's hard to know what is right and wrong until everything is revealed - and maybe it won't be!
Arja De
Saai, saaier, saaist!
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Na de middelbare school studeerde Jan Terlouw wis- en natuurkunde in Utrecht en deed vervolgens 13 jaar onderzoek in de natuurkunde, in Nederland, de Verenigde Staten en Zweden. Daarna ging hij in de politiek. In 1971 kwam hij voor D'66 in de Tweede Kamer. Twee jaar later werd hij voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer-fractie. Onder zijn leiding kwam D'66 uit een diep dal, en behaalde het in 1981 een gro...more
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