Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545857833 Hardcover
272 Pages | 5.87" x 8.54" | Ages 12 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545861519 Ebook
272 Pages | Ages 12 & Up
He lied about his age to enlist. Now he'll have to lie about everything else to survive!
When he lies about his age to join the Marines, Henry never imagines he'll face anything worse than his own father's cruelty. But his unit is shipped off to the Philippines, where the heat is unbearable, the conditions are brutal, and Henry's dreams of careless adventuring are completely dashed.
Then the Japanese invade the islands, and US forces there surrender. As a prisoner of war, Henry faces one horror after another. Yet among his fellow captives, he finds kindness, respect, even brotherhood. A glimmer of light in the darkness. And he'll need to hold tight to the hope they offer if he wants to win the fight for his country, his freedom...and his life.
Michael P. Spradlin's latest novel tenderly explores the harsh realities of the Bataan Death March and captivity on the Pacific front during World War II.
Raves & reviews:
"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