This book is a complicated book, because the author dives deep into World War II history and he also uses very descriptive and sophisticated language. The plot of the story was a little confusing at first, but as I continued to read on into the book, it began to make more sense. The author also alternates between two timelines, one in Holland in World War II and another in England in 1995, so I had some difficulty jumping from one and back to the other. The author might have wanted to explain and give some information about the war because I feel that if I did not have background information about the war, I would have been lost in the book. I would recommend this book to middle school and high school students because it contains some explicit language and requires some background information about World War II. Overall, I would rate this book an eight out of ten stars.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. Who is William Hyde’s wife?
1a. His wife is Marijke. (4)
2. Where did Tamar and Dart stay when they were dropped into Holland?
2a. They stayed at the Maartens’ farmhouse. (23)
3. What is Dart’s false identity?
3a. His false identity is Doctor Ernst Lubbers. (41)
4. Who is Trixie Greydanus?
4a. She is a runner for Tamar and Dart and assists in helping them past German checkpoints and delivering supplies. (48)
5. What is the name of the man in charge of Tamar and Dart’s reception into Holland/?
5a. His name is Koop de Vries. (31)
paraffin (pg. 11)
cryptology (pg. 15)
Gestapo (pg. 21)
itinerant (pg. 23)
asylum (pg. 88)
6. Why does Dart start acting bitter towards Tamar?
6a. Because Dart loves Marijke and he saw Tamar and Marijke kissing in the kitchen, which caused him to turn bitter towards Tamar and begin to hate him. (189)
7. In 1995, who does Tamar travel with to the river Tamar?
7a. She travels with her cousin “Yoyo” Johannes. (207)
8. Where is Dart brought to by German soldiers on his way back to the Maartens’ farmhouse?
8a. He is brought to a small square called Westerplein and is told to treat a German major’s bite wound inflicted by a young Jewish boy. (228)
9. Who does Koop de Vries and his resistance group kill with their trap on the road?
9a. They killed SS Lieutenant General Hanns Albin Rauter. (273)
10. How many people did Rauter order to be executed due to him being almost murdered by Koop?
10a. He ordered 243 people to be executed. (284)
fiendish (pg. 198)
incessantly (pg. 222)
primitive (pg. 255)
bungalow (pg. 292)
shambolic (pg. 311)
11. What happened while Dart was receiving codes from England?
11a. German SS troops storm into Bibi and Peter Grotius’ house in which Dart was using as a station to receive codes. (328)
12. How was Koop almost shot to death?
12a. Someone betrayed his group’s location to the German troops and the Germans found them and killed all of them except for Koop. (343)
13. Who breaks into the asylum while Koop is recovering from his bullet wounds?
13a. The Germans storm into the asylum and Dart has to drag Koop into a secret room to hide. (361)
14. Who shot and betrayed Tamar?
14a. Dart betrayed Tamar and Koop shot Tamar as he was climbing up a ladder. (403)
15. What is the big surprise that the author reveals near the end of the book?
15a. The author reveals that William Hyde, who is also Dart, is not Jan’s father. Tamar is Jan’s real father, but he was shot to death by Koop and Marijke married Dart while bearing Tamar’s child. (410)
hysteria (pg. 333)
snivelling (pg. 362)
advert (pg. 387)
grimacing (pg. 400)
obscene (pg. 417)