The Hidden Village by @ImogenMatthews3 #WW2 #YA #HistFic #Holland @AmsterdamPB

Rosie Amber

The Hidden VillageThe Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three point five stars.

The Hidden Village is YA historical fiction set in Holland during World War II. It features the work of the Dutch resistance who hid people from the German army, primarily Jewish families. This story is about a group who created Berkenhout, a hidden village deep in the woods, which the Germans spent many years trying to find. Meanwhile the resistance secretly moved people, food and escaping allied pilots. To give added interest, it’s actually based on a true-life story, from the memories of the author’s mother.

The storyline represented many who risked their lives daily in the fight against the German occupation. It was hard to pick a favourite character; several were children, but I think Jan was portrayed well by the author. The cast of characters is large and interesting, and at times…

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