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Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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"Spradlin spins a gut-wrenching survival tale." -- Booklist
"A marvelous fit in a social studies class, this novel would work well as a companion text to a World War II unit and will engage and connect students to the past." -- School Library Journal
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He is eventually sent to Japan and forced into labor at a steel mill. One of the great unknown tragedies of the the Pacific War is that US prisoners were forced to work in factories, mines and mills for companies that still exist today. These companies have gone on to make billions of dollars and have never offered or paid reparations to the men who suffered this fate, or their families.
Prisoner of War is not an easy read. But is a powerful, well told story. Henry is tortured, starved and forced to endure hardships that many of us could not even imagine. But it is an important story. There are many good books on World War II for young readers (including the author's previous books The Enemy Above and Into the Killing Seas) but the story of POW's in the Pacific is rarely told. Reading this novel and seeing Henry 'dig deep' to survive, help others, and ultimately retain his humanity is a fascinating journey. One that is well worth taking.