Selected by CBC as a young adult novel to read in spring 2023.
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.
Fiction. Young Adult.
"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
"The backdrop of real historical events lends interest to this tale. The relative simplicity of the language and writing style make the difficult subject matter accessible to reluctant readers. Informative historical fiction written in a quaint, entertaining style." —Kirkus
“An admirable, realistic historical fiction novel for teens.” —TIE Blog: Teaching Your Way Around the World
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.