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Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel

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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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 2020)
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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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Beth Erin
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Hunger Winter boasts a heartfelt and fast-paced plot with endearing characters and an age-appropriate glimpse of Germanys occupation of the Netherlands. The Ingelse familys 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 familys survival story.

Hunger Winter is a much-needed contribution for the often-overlooked
Nora St Laurent
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was spell bound from the start of this captivating, emotionally charged, page-turning, debut novel.
Dirk Ingeless eyes flew openWho could be knocking on the front door? Gestapo? His insides turned to ice.

Its 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. Nazis were handing out
Ms. Yingling
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Jessica Higgins
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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,
Melanie Dulaney
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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 isnt 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 Nazis and get to a safe place. As food becomes more and more scarce hiding from the Nazis becomes only one of Dirks
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Samantha Shank
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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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
Jessica Fitzpatrick
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ /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 ...more
Leslie M.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Shauna Morrison
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jenn Lasko
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 ...more
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An award-winning author, Rob Currie has been reading World War II books since he was a teenager. But why write this book?
Life conspired to get him to write Hunger Winter. Rob's father is a World War II veteran, his wife is of Dutch descent, and his son wrote a short story about World War II in the Netherlands. I guess you could say he finally took the hint.

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