Mary Y, Librarian
Until the outbreak of WWII, Jeremiah lived a privileged life as a British citizen in the Dutch East Indies. When Japanese invaded, Jeremiah's father was arrested and the rest of the family was sent to an internment camp. Starvation, disease, and boredom were a few of the challenges Jeremiah and his family faced in camp. I had a bit of a trouble getting into this book. It would have been much better if it had been written in the voice of a 10 year old, instead of an 80 year old retelling his past. Unfortunately, this is a big distinction which would have made a huge difference. As a 10 year old, Jeremiah continually foreshadowed events, which I find to be a particularly annoying writing technique. Overall, a bust.