A Time to Choose

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The year is 1944. Sixteen-year-old Johannes van der Meer's homeland has been occupied by the Nazis for four long years. While enduring food shortages and nightly air raids, the people of the Netherlands wait patiently for the liberation they know will come. But for Johannes the struggle to endure is full of bitterness. The fact that his father is a Nazi collaborator has made outcasts of the van der Meer family. When the girl he loves joins the Dutch Resistance, Johannes sees a chance to redeem the family name. If...
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Overview

The year is 1944. Sixteen-year-old Johannes van der Meer's homeland has been occupied by the Nazis for four long years. While enduring food shortages and nightly air raids, the people of the Netherlands wait patiently for the liberation they know will come. But for Johannes the struggle to endure is full of bitterness. The fact that his father is a Nazi collaborator has made outcasts of the van der Meer family. When the girl he loves joins the Dutch Resistance, Johannes sees a chance to redeem the family name. If only he can persuade the members of the resistance that he can be trusted, no mission is too dangerous. Despite his love for his father, Johannes will do anything to prove his loyalty to his friends and his country. Based on historical fact, A Time to Choose is a novel about sacrifice and courage, love and betrayal, and about the difficult choices forced by difficult times.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Judy Ehrenstein
History combines with adolescent conflict and growth to produce an engaging, fast-paced story full of danger, courage, and the harsh realities of life in an occupied land. Growing up in the Netherlands under Nazi occupation, sixteen-year-old Johannes struggles to separate himself from his father, a collaborator in the eyes of the community and in Johannes's own eyes. Johannes's girlfriend, Sietske, involves him in activities of the Dutch resistance movement, work that helps him regain the trust and respect he lost when his father decided to actively aid the Germans. Atlema's details of daily life offer readers a view of a town under occupation: limited food, fuel, clothing, and housing supplies; the constant threat of even more being taken away; and the general terror of daily existence. But even more powerful is the picture of resourcefulness and quiet defiance, such as hanging up clothing in the colors of the national flag on clotheslines, since flags were banned. Depicting the people who worked against and for the Nazis might prompt discussion of the reasons why each acted as they did. Johannes's father, like many others, made a decision he thought was right at the time he made it, knowing he would take the consequences for it. Johannes found it was time to make his own decision, and he, too, would bear responsibility no matter what happened. An award winner in Canada, this book adds to the collection of books on youthful involvement in resistance movements, as seen in Carol Matas's Lisa's War (Scribner's, 1987) and Nathaniel Benchley's Bright Candles (Harper, 1974). Maps. Biblio. Pronunciation Guide. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551430454
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,384,562
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

martha attema was born on a dairy farm in Friesland, one of the northern provinces in the Netherlands. In 1981, martha immigrated with husband, Albert and three children to Canada. In 1995, she published her first novel, A Time to Choose. This war novel set in Friesland and deals with the Resistance and won the Blue Heron Book Award. Since this initial success martha has written numerous books for young people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    spectacular!

    I thought A TIME TO CHOOSE was a great book. When I read it, I felt like I was actually in the book, acting as Johannes. Every time he did something in the book, I found myself doing the same thing, such as swallowing hard. The book made you never want to put the book down, it shows you what true love was, and his emotions for his father, which made it hard for him to move on at the end of the book. The characters in the book each ha a relashion with Johannes and each had a great character of the book. All I can say is, pick op the book so you can finish before supper!!!!!

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