Hunger Winter by Rob Currie
Thirteen-year-old Dirk’s Papa left home to fight with the Resistance. Then Mama died. When the Nazis ambushed Dirk’s older sister, Dirk learned they’d come for him next. He left home in the middle of the night with his pockets stuffed with food, his little sister asleep in his arms, and his heart heavy with a dark secret. Now it fell to him to scrounge for food, protect his sister, and find their Papa. He faced repeated hardship with grit and memories of his Papa’s advice.
Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel is historical fiction for kids in grades 4-8, set against the backdrop of the terrible true story of the final winter of the war, 1944-45. One month after the capture of Anne Frank, the Nazis cut off food and fuel in a ruthless stroke to crush Dutch resistance. During one of the harshest winters in memory, due to their rapidly dwindling access to heat and food, twenty thousand civilians starved or froze to death, leading the Dutch to call it the “Hunger Winter.” The London Times wrote, “The Dutch people have been called on to endure sufferings probably worse than those so far inflicted on any other country in Western Europe.”
Designed for individual use as well as for public, Christian, and homeschool classes, the book has received a warm reception.
“I would encourage everyone to read this book.”
Frits Nieuwstraten, Director, Corrie ten Boom House Foundation
“I highly recommend this powerful and riveting story to all readers, young and old alike!”
- David Balik, ED.D., VP USA Association of Christian Schools International
“A gritty but hopeful wartime thriller.” Kirkus Reviews
*Half of the author’s royalties go to Compassion International.