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Grades: 5-9


Michael P. Spradlin: Prisoner Of War: Novel WWII

M. Spradlin

Survive the war. Outlast the enemy. Stay alive. Prisoner of War is based on a true story of a fifteen-year-old boy who left a horrible home situation to join the Marines. The day he was discovered to be underage and sent home, the Japanese attacked the Philippine’s. When the U.S. Forces surrendered, young Henry Forest is forced to survive in a Japanese Prison Camp. In the camps he finds the best and worst of humanity. He survives brutal torture, disease and the loss of friends. Before the end of the war he is shipped off to Japan and placed in forced labor at a steel mill. Will Henry survive the hardship of life as a prisoner? Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice. Gr.5-9

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  • 272 pages
  • 6" x 8-1/2"
  • “Gut wrenchingly vivid.” - Kirkus Reviews
  • "Sensitive readers may find the portrayal of violence excessive, but the reality of war is realistically presented. An engaging addition to a history of World War II unit as well as a powerful read." - School Library Journal


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