This unusual first novel is based on true accounts of the imprisonment of American citizens in Japanese detention camps in the Philippines during World War II. Louise Keller travels with her missionary family to the Philippines on the eve of Pearl Harbor. At first the country seems like paradise, but soon Louise and her family are captured by the Japanese and forced to live in internment camps. An exciting and thought-provoking novel about human strength and weakness in wartime.
Jane Hertenstein will donate a portion of her royalties for this book to help build houses for residents of Smokey Mountain, a large garbage dump in Manila where hundreds of people live under scraps of metal and cardboard.
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.73(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Hartenstein writes gently, subtly, about a horrible experience: interrment in a WWII prison camp in the Phillipines. The main character's lovely poetry is sprinkled through the story, giving real contrast between the horror experienced in her life, vs. the sweetness of her inner world. A hard topic to handle for young readers, but Ms. Hartenstein does it expertly. I highly recommend it, and will look for more by this author!