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The Winter War: A Novelby William Durbin
Synopses & Reviews
When the Soviet Union invades its tiny neighbor Finland in November 1939, Marko volunteers to help the war effort. Even though his leg was weakened by polio, he can ski well, and he becomes a messenger on the front line, skiing in white camouflage through the forests at night. The dark forest is terrifying, and so are the odds against the Finns: the Russians have 4 times as many soldiers and 30 times as many planes. They have 3000 tanks, while the Finns have 30. But a tank is no help in the snowy forest–a boy on skis is. And the Russians don’t know winter the way the Finns do, or what tough guerrilla warriors the Finns are. Marko teams up with another messenger, Karl. Gradually Marko learns that Karl’s whole family was killed by the Russians. And Karl has a secret–he’s really Kaari, a girl who joined up to get revenge for her family’s deaths.
From the Hardcover edition.
When Russian troops invade Finland during the winter of 1939-40, Marko, a young polio victim determined to keep his homeland free, joins the Finnish Army as a messenger boy.
About the Author
William Durbin lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. He taught English for many years, and now writes full-time.
Table of Contents
Foreward — The watchtower — Amid the ruins — Shelter from the storm — The funeral sled — The road to Savolahti — The train to Sweden — The hospital — The lieutenant's breakfast — Just the way it is — The soup cannon — Spark duty — Special delivery — A cocktail for Comrade Molotov — The woodpile and the foxhole — The sauna tent — A bloodred sky — The wrath of God — Fire in the sky — War booty — Letters home — Christmas on the Front — Belaya Smert — The field telephone — A forzen hell — The naked truth — Red Shoes, or sheep to the slaughter — The line will hold — A watery grave — Cease-fire — The drag — The climb — The hospital room — The reporter — Flags unfurled — Afterword — Winter War sources for further study — Acknowledgements — About the author.
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