I had started this book in the Spring of 2008 and for some reason I never finished it. In the hopes of checking off another book on my Printz challenge and because I found a super cheap copy at a dollar store I decided to try again. I’m glad I did.
Postcards From No Man’s Land weaves together two stories separated by decades. One story describes the impact of WWII on Holland and its citizens while the other is a modern day story of a teen boy visiting Holland on his own. In both stories issues of sexuality are discussed, though I was not always sure as to why they were pertinent to the teen boys story. The book was very descriptive and it definitely held my interest. There are interesting family dynamics explored in the book as well.
This is a book for high school students. The content and the vocabulary make it appropriate for grades 9-12. I would consider using in a classroom but would probably send a note home outlining to parents the controversial topics it discusses. It may be a useful book for history teachers as well.
I was glad to finally read another book with a male protagonist!
1999 Carnegie Award
2003 Printz Award
Those of you who have read it, what did you think?
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