During World War II, when Hendrik, the young son of a fisherman in Amsterdam, notices his Jewish friends being barred from school and ostracized by their other classmates, he is determined to stand by them. His parents have always told him to fight injustice. So when Hendrik realizes what Hitler's policies ulitmately mean for his Jewish friends and their families, he hatches a daring plan to help smuggle them out of the country by boat. This latest addition to the award-winning Holocaust Remembrance Series teaches young readers the value of compassion, courage, and sticking to one's convictions—even in the face of unthinkable evil.
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Have you ever heard of the Holocaust, as you read this book you will notice not everyone hated the Jewish people. The Germans tried to take over Holland in this story, but fortunately they failed after a couple of years. This story is about a kid and his father helping Jews out of Holland after rescuing people, helping Jews with getting items, and helping do stuff for free or “Mitzvah” as Jews call it. The kid’s father dies from a bombing run right outside where a brick wall and debris falls onto him and then taken to a hospital to be told the worst, he has died, and after that Hendrik the son took over the boat and helped smuggle Jews out to his old friend that rescued him, “Old Sea Dog” and the whole time there was a special mermaid out to protect them from danger. This is a great book for young readers; it will help them develop feelings for their friends that may be different in any way, like being Jew or German. This books main target is the little kids from the ages of 10-15. I personally thought this was a really respectful book and very knowledgeable about the Jews.