Seventeen-year-old Jacob lives with grandmother in England but when the chance arises he journeys to Amsterdam and visits Geetrui, his grandmother’s friend. Once there he meets strangers who affect the course of events and he learns all about his grandfather and the genetic characteristics they share. This award-winning novel for grades 10-12 tells both Jacob’s current story and Geetrui’s story during World War II. Suitable as an independent or literature circle novel or as part of a thematic study of war, the book addresses perseverance, overcoming challenges, self-acceptance, adversity, the devastation and tragedy of war, and its impact on society and relationships. Log in to read the full review.