VICTORIOUS ISLAND by Henrietta van der Haas


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A story of Dutch resistance in which 14 year old Jan de Vries, whose father had disappeared in a bombing, learns the hard lessons of action for the common good that are heartbreaking to undergo. For he must play dumb around Nazis, he must help his grandmother smuggle food, and he must accept the Allied bombing of the dikes against the sea, that the Nazi forts may be worthless and their Army cut off...The despair of losing the garden island, Walcheren, and the belief that this crisis must be heroically successful affords many adventures for Jan, and his lazy cousin, Janus...and gives a believable picture of Dutch sufferings and fortitude.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1947
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace