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The Winter War: A Novel Hardcover – February 12, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385746520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385746526
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Durbin lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. He taught English for many years, and now writes full-time.

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William Durbin is an award-winning author and a former teacher who lives at the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness. A winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book award, Mr. Durbin has published eleven novels for young readers. His novel El Lector was optioned for film by Jane Startz Productions; and his most recent work, The Winter War, deals with Stalin's invasion of Finland in 1939. His other honors include a Junior Library Guild Selection, Bank Street College Children's Book of Year list, the ALA's Amelia Bloomer list, New York Library Books for the Teen Age list, Maud Hart Lovelace nomination, Jefferson Cup Series of Note Award, America's Award commended title, and a Book Sense Summer Pick.

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Highly recommended...by me!
Cato Sapiens
Recommended for all young readers, particularly boys who want more than the typical slow-paced historical fiction offerings.
Tim Byers
An amazing book that covers the little-known invasion and war between the USSR and Finland.
Patriot Reader

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cato Sapiens on April 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This one has everything. Intrigue. Adventure. Young people caught up in a treacherous war. But the author brings poignancy and empathy to his characters both young men and young women...and some in disguise so you can't tell which. What makes it great is that there is so much good history packed into this "young adults" novel that once kids read it, they'll know more about one of the most pivotal aspects of the twentieth century than do 99 percent of America adults. The stirring and patriotic story of a tiny country with very few people facing down the armed might and steel fist of one of the most vicious, totalitarian regimes in world history. (Hint: it wasn't Hitler.)

Especially good for places where young people and adults live with snow and things like cross-country skiing for a good part of the year.

Highly recommended...by me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Jarratt on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book really captured my attention and interest. I've always wanted a novel that went into depth of the Winter War and to learn more about what Finnish families went through during that time as well as the soldiers. There are historial books on it, but not so many novels. This story is basically about a young man named Marko who loses his best friend Johan to a bombing from a Russian plane and he decides to fight in the war to save his country and avenge his friend's death despite his weakened leg. This novel really shows how Marko and the other soldiers had "Sisu" and fought for their freedom. Even though it is written for teens and young adults, it is very well written and I would recommend it for anyone with an interest in Finnish history or who just wants to read a good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patriot Reader on December 2, 2010
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An amazing book that covers the little-known invasion and war between the USSR and Finland.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned about fighting a war in a winter scenario in this book, it should be a "must read" for those that want to learn more about the ability of a small country to withstand the invasion of a much larger neighbor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Byers on July 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
The Winter War is a fantastic window into the little-known war-within-a-war between Finland and the Soviet Union in 1940. Told from the perspective of Marko, the fourteen-year-old polio survivor, the story captures the heroic defense of Finland from the Soviet aggressor. Small yet defiant Finland held out against overwhelming odds long enough to secure their independence, if not all their territory. This story is the kind of book I would have loved as a young reader (I loved it as an older reader!). It's real, action-packed, and serious, all at the same time. The main character Marko is challenged, both inside and out, but shows courage that really makes a difference. The author captures the hardship, danger, unbelievable horror, and yes, boredom of war. All without sensationalizing or romanticizing. Recommended for all young readers, particularly boys who want more than the typical slow-paced historical fiction offerings.
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