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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,716 ratings  ·  232 reviews
In een dorpje aan de IJssel maakt de vijftienjarige Michiel de koude oorlogswinter van 1944-'45 mee. Aanvankelijk is hij slechts toeschouwer, maar langzamerhand raakt Michiel meer en meer betrokken bij het ondergrondse verzet. Hij kan niemand in vertrouwen nemen, iedereen kan een verrader zijn. Met zijn eenzaamheid groeit zijn onafhankelijkheid.

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Paperback, Geef Mij Maar Een Boek, 174 pages
Published January 20th 2016 by Geef Mij Maar Een Boek (first published January 1st 1972)
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Aletta Stevens Yes, but there is an English translation called 'Winter in Wartime', which is also the name of the film made of the book. As a translator I noticed th…moreYes, but there is an English translation called 'Winter in Wartime', which is also the name of the film made of the book. As a translator I noticed that, interestingly, the English edition ends on an open question about half a page before the Dutch original.(less)
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-finished
3 stars
I always “like” books about WWII. This is a story told from the POV of a 16 year old who longs to do good and be of significance in this war, preferably by helping the resistance. When he is asked a favour by one of his neighbours, he finally sees his chance. He ends up doing much more than he anticipated.
It is narrated by the author himself. I had to get used to his pronunciation but felt, in the end, that it actually added to the story (3 stars).
Although I am not that into war books, I really liked this adventurous story. It is a story of a boy who works for the resistance while his country is occupied by the Nazi's. I could not put the book down and when I had the change I would read this story.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
This classic in YA fiction is better than a lot of adult novels published about WW II these days.
The story describes the life of a 15 year old boy in the Netherlands under German occupation. The last winter of the war is filled with hunger, refugees, resistance, treason and courage.
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book 1 - BooktubeAThon: Done!

This is a book probably almost every kid here in the Netherlands read at one point. I did as well, and at the time I thought it was fascinating. When a couple of months ago, there was an event where this book was released again with a new cover to celebrate Dutch children literature, I bought my own copy to read it once again after all those years. It is still a fascinating story. The way it's told, the writing style, the events. All of it. Glad I decided to reread
chloe ♡
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hkbob
When assigned this book to read, I read the title and got bored right away. But heck no, it wasn't a boring read. I couldn't put this down once I started reading.
War is definitely a terrible terrible thing, but it warms my heart to see how the characters bonded in times of hardship.
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I found this book at a library book sale in Bend (Deschutes Co. Library). I had just finished The Nightingale and was drawn to a book that seemed to be about the German occupation of Holland from the perspective of a teenage boy. I found out later that this book was written in the 1970's and has been a standard read in the Netherlands for years. Some of the language was a little choppy, and I still want to know what a "pinchcat" is, but overall I thought it was a pretty good read. I still can't ...more
Garrett Pope
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Winter in Wartime was actually a pretty good book. It started out a little dry, but it started to get quite interesting. I heard this book was quite famous in Denmark and I was able to see why.

Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw was a book about a boy named Michiel who lives in Denmark during World War II. The book started off quite normal with the town partying and Michiel talking with Uncle Ben, but everything went downhill after Michiel found the hidden English soldier na
Alex  Baugh
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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
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
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michiel is the son of the mayor in a town in Holland during World War II which the Nazis have occupied. Food is scarce, and everyone is on edge. When Michiel's friend Dirk tries to steal identity cards from a distribution center in order to help the Resistance, he is caught. Michiel is supposed to deliver a letter from Dirk, but is leery of letting anyone else know what his friend's plans were, so opens the letter himself. Dirk has been taking care of a downed Bri
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, kindle, arc
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 anyon
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: (. .
Laura Bergen
Eindelijk een boek in het Nederlands. Ik had nooit iets van Jan Terlouw gelezen, en het is jammer dat ik dacht dat ik zijn boeken niet interessant zou vinden. Dit boek is fantastisch: karakters, verhaal, alles. Het was ook fijn om een oorlogsboek te lezen dat niet allemaar over joden gaat. Veel mensen moesten de oorlog beleven, veel mensen leden honger en hadden een kennis, vriend of familielid die dood ging. Oorlog is verschrikkelijk voor iedereen. Trouwens, het stuk waar een Duitse soldaat iem ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the icy winter of 1944/1945 Netherlands is covered by a thick layer of snow, and the Second World War is still in progress. There is a lot of hunger, and very little of anything to go around. People are not sure who can trusted, or who will turn them in... very hard times, and yet they help total strangers with food, a hiding place, and sometimes escape...

One of my daughters friends recently told me that her dad was born in the Netherlands in 1945. Her grandpa had to take grandma to the h
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books as a child. Because of this book I became interested in WW II.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wow, this really got me. Such a good story! I have read a few books now about what happened during WWII next to studying it in school. Most of the time it's focused on what happened to the jews/what the nazi's did. And that's definitely important. This book however also focuses on the life of other people during the war. People who might not be jews, but were still victims of war. I really liked getting to know more about this time period. It a childeren's book so it wasn't anything too explicit ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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).
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The English translation of this book, Winter in Wartime is very obviously a translation and as such is lacking a bit in flow and expression. I only wish I could have read it in the original Dutch because it is a fascinating and compelling tale of one boy's wartime experience during the winter and spring of 1944-45. ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book that really shows the daily torment in the second world war. Unlike Soldaat van Oranje, which is more of a hero story (even though it's true), this story reflects on the life in the more rural parts of the Netherlands during the war, and shows the troubles of the more average Dutch person. A very interesting read!! ...more
Eric Hinkle
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oorlogswinter is the best book I have read aimed at making kids aware of the horrors of war. Definitely for young adults, this book is very honest and political, and does not shy away from its topic, but it talks about the brutality of occupied Nederlands in a way that won't shock kids, while still telling the full truth. I was surprised at how much Terlouw included, and his efforts to talk about the war and the meanings behind all the actions that happen during war compared to those of peacetim ...more
Claire (Silver Linings and Pages)
“There are horrors in every war...every nation has brutally murdered and tortured in times of war, in ways that would seem unimaginable in peacetime. So don’t be fooled, Michiel, by the romance of war, heroism, sacrifice, excitement, adventure. War means injuries, grief, torture, imprisonment, hunger, hardship, injustice. There’s nothing romantic about it.”
Winter in Wartime is a captivating and inspiring adventure story based on the author’s own experiences as a child in Holland.
It’s set durin
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read a children’s book for a while. I found this one in the “Dutch books translated into English” section of my favourite book store where I live. I picked it because of the little plane on it’s spine and I’m glad I did! What a great read! Being a children’s book made it easy to power through in a couple of sittings. The story was unpredictable and full of surprises, saving the greatest surprise till the end, making it a fast paced read. The final chapter is just one page, a simple para ...more
John Stotesbury
I recently came across an online recommendation of this translated version of the Dutch children's/young adult WW2 novel and thought it would make a good change from my usual reading. Wartime adventure, secrecy, suffering -- and even romance! -- in a reasonably constructed, reasonably translated narrative (the style, whether of the original or of the translation, was just occasionally a little too staid), with a very worthy ethical message. I enjoyed reading it, and I can imagine that it would m ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book as a child. I would literally rent this book once a month at our local library. However, then in my mother tong (Dutch). So, when I found this book in a second-hand book store, I had to give it a reread. To be honest this book did not disappoint. It was just as good as I remembered if not better. Jan Terlouw his writing style is engaging. It also helps that he was alive in the second world war and can draw inspiration from his own experience.
Pascal de Mul
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to read to kids. My 10yo girl and 8yo boy loved it. It is not just a great read, it gives great understanding of the horrors of war from the eyes of a protagonist who is only a child himself. It’s a hero story but with an undertone of reality, instead of the fantasy that they are used to. Highly recommended.
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“En daarom, Michiel, laat je niet misleiden door de romantiek van de oorlog, de romantiek van heldenmoet, opoffering, spanning, avontuur. Oorlog betekent verwondingen, verdriet, gemarteld, gevangenissen, honger, ontberingen, onrecht. Niks romantisch aan.” 0 likes
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