This Junior Literary Guild selection is a story of present-day China from the day of the first Jap invasion five years ago to the historic December 7th. Fifteen-year old ""Thirty-nine"" had often visited the Fort at the end of the river and was intrigued by the change in attitude of the soldiers because of the new spirit of Chiang Kai-Shek. His grandfather lost his memory and power to think when the little village was suddenly bombed. It was the boy's job to help the old man to escape and this comprises the main theme of the story. Our children will be forced to realize the horrors of the cruelest kind of modern warfare and will read of that bitter lesson that each in turn never believes that harm will come to him, until the blow falls. You feel the strong conviction, that in China it is up to youth to fight it out, since many of the older people compare this period to the times of the war lords. This is a top-notch book but we have not starred it because some may feel that the younger generation should not have quite such vivid accounts of tragedies; on the other hand they see pictures in such magazines as Life and certainly should know what is going on in the world.