'A Time to Choose' is historical fiction for readers 11 years and up.
Cover art by Ken Campbell
* Winner of the Blue Heron Book Award
* Shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson award for Historical Fiction
* Shortlisted for the 1995 Arthur Ellis Award
* ABA Pick of the Lists
* ALA Best Book nominee
* Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award nominee
The year is 1944. Sixteen-year-old Johannes van der Meer's homeland has been occupied by the Nazis for four long years. While enduring food shortages and nightly air raids, the people of the Netherlands anxiously wait for the liberation. For Johannes the struggle to endure the occupation is full of bitterness. The fact that his father is a Nazi sympathizer has made outcasts of the van der Meer family.
When the girl he loves joins the Dutch resistance, Johannes sees a chance to redeem the family name. If only he can persuade the members of the resistance that he can be trusted, no mission will be too dangerous. Despite his love for his father, Johannes will do anything to prove his loyalty to his friends and his country.
Based on historical fact, 'A Time to Choose' is a novel about sacrifice and courage, love and betrayal, and about difficult choices forced by difficult times.
This is a map of the Netherlands. One of the two northern provinces is Friesland.
"Hi, It's me again, Patch. That story makes me so sad, but I'm glad martha wrote this book so young people can learn about the Second World War."