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For sixteen-year-old Klara, a devastating flood reveals a dark family secret. It is February 1953 in the Netherlands and Klara is expected to marry the son of a prominent farmer. In this small island community, steeped in tradition, the Church controls the lives of its citizens but Klara longs to escape for adventure on far away shores. When a spring tide merges with a brutal northwestern storm it causes the dikes to breach, unleashing death and destruction that will expose a dark family secret.
“This is an unforgettable story of survival. If you enjoy human drama set against historical events as much as I do, this is a book for you.” —Heather Stemp, author of Under Amelia's Wing
Fiction. Young Adult.
Martha Attema's award-winning novels were inspired by family experiences and historical events during WWII. Her concern for the environment is reflected in this new novel for young readers. Born in the Netherlands, Martha Attema now lives in Powassan, Ontario.