Thief of Glory, by Sigmund Brouwer, tells the story of a ten-year-old Dutch boy growing up in the Dutch East Indies during World War II. Brower vividly describes life in this part of the world through this novel, most of which is set in one of the Jappenkamps, where civilian women and children were held during the war.
Jeremiah Prins spent the first ten years of his life as the son of the school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies. But when the Japanese invade the Southeast Pacific in 1942, his life changes drastically. After watching his father and older brothers being taken away by the soldiers, he finds himself caring for his younger siblings and devastated mother. At the camp, he forms a strong friendship with Laura, and together they find creative ways to survive the starvation and sickness.
I found this book interesting. I did not know that the Japanese had this type of camp before I read this book. It began as the story of a happy, privileged boy. The remainder was filled with vivid descriptions of life in the camp and Jeremiah’s fight to help his family and friends survive. I would recommend this book for older teens or adults with an interest in World War II events.
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