Fing's War

By: Benny Lindelauf

The Boon family and their indefatigable gallows humor are back in Benny Lindelauf’s follow-up to Nine Open Arms.

Poised to win a scholarship to the nearby teachers college, Fing has high hopes. It’s 1938 and her poor family of nine—one father, four brothers, three sisters, and a grandmother—has finally managed to eke out a living in the tiny cigar factory abutting their dilapidated home. But smelling success, her dreamer of a father is determined to expand and Fing’s dreams fall apart when she instead has to go to work for the Cigar Emperor, taking care of his new, German wife’s eccentric niece. The novel’s gripping language, enriched by Yiddish, German, and Dutch dialect, plunges the reader into the world of a large, colorful, motherless family as they navigate the changes World War II visits upon their little town on the border of the Netherlands and Germany. This stand-alone follow-up to Nine Open Arms, a 2015 Batchelder Honor book translated from Dutch, is a fantasy, a historical novel, and literary fiction all wrapped into one



Glossary of slang words. Character list. Map.

ISBN: 9781592702695

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Cruelty to animals; Harsh realities of war; Anti-Semitism, Puberty
Topics: Family life , Eccentrics and eccentricities , German occupation of the Netherlands (1940–1945) , Coming of age , Sisters , Grandparents and grandchildren , World War II (1939–1945) , Jewish Holocaust (1939–1945)

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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This substantial sequel to Nine Open Arms (rev. 9/14) falls into two parts. In the early chapters we follow the fortunes and adventures of the Boon family, in 1938 Netherlands, from the viewpoint of the young teen daughter Fing. It’s a clas¬sic family story, with seven siblings, an impractical dreamer father, and a stern grandmother. Epis This substantial sequel to Nine Open Arms (rev. 9/14) falls into two parts. In the early chapters we follow the fortunes and adventures of the Boon family, in 1938 Netherlands, from the viewpoint of the young teen daughter Fing. It’s a clas¬sic family story, with seven siblings, an impractical dreamer father, and a stern grandmother. Episodic, its comical incidents have the smooth polish of oft-told family or village anecdotes. Dotted with such middle-grade tropes as domestic disasters, a poor little rich girl, and a false accusation of theft, the plot is pulled along by Fing’s dream of education even as she is sent out to work at age four¬teen. But as the war impinges more and more on village life, the narrative tone darkens, and the stakes increase exponentially. Lindelauf does a stunning job of showing the difficult relationships that war creates and the moral complexity of defining enemy and friend. The wicked Blackshirt? The Jewish victim? The Dutch resistance hero? Yes, but each of these characters is subtle and surprising, and the text asks for a reader willing to consider these nuances. Played out in a suspense¬ful plot with plenty of action, this story is a welcome and distinctive addition to the literature of the Second World War for young people. A substantial “Slang Words and Character List” is included to support a text that is rich with words in German, Yiddish, and Limburgish (the language spoken in the family’s Dutch province), but the story itself does a fine job of illuminating these terms in con¬text.

Book Details

ISBN

9781592702695

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

[Fic]

Trim Size

8 3/4" x 6"

Page Count

376

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL650L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Enchanted Lion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Cruelty to animals; Harsh realities of war; Anti-Semitism, Puberty

Topics

Family life, Eccentrics and eccentricities, German occupation of the Netherlands (1940–1945), Coming of age, Sisters, Grandparents and grandchildren, World War II (1939–1945), Jewish Holocaust (1939–1945),

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