WINTER'S BULLET by William Osborne


Age Range: 12 - 14
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Hitler plans to unleash his greatest weapon in a last-ditch effort to win World War II.

Millions will die unless a few are willing to risk their lives. It is the winter of 1945. For most of the world, the war is drawing to a close, but much of the Netherlands is still under Nazi control. Fifteen-year-old Tygo Winter is serving as the Nazi Plunder Squad’s locksmith, giving them access to the treasures hidden in the homes of Amsterdam. Unfortunately, while his service keeps him safe from the Nazis, it makes him a prime target for the Verzet—the Resistance. Hungry, cold, and fearful, Tygo can barely think beyond his next meal. But while looting yet another wealthy home, he stumbles upon Willa, who challenges him to hope for more than mere survival. As he did in Hitler’s Secret (2013), Osborne once again revisits the what ifs that surround World War II, focusing on the mysteries of the final days of the Nazi occupation in Europe. The fast-paced narrative is full of intrigue, danger, and many familiar historical figures. Tygo is deftly crafted. While mostly noble and kind, he is also suitably frightened and focused on self-preservation.

An intriguing alternative history lesson wrapped in a nail-biting adventure. (Historical fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-85344-6
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2015


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