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The reader will find it hard to forget the Verhagen family—ten-year-old Joris, his older brother Dirk Jan, their parents, little Trixie—snug in their windmill home, "The Watchman," during the dark days of the German occupation of Holland. For four years the war had been going on, and Joris could hardly remember what life had been like before. Now he and Dirk Jan live for, and find, a chance to help the patriots of the Dutch Underground. In this strong and authentic story, Hilda van Stockum brings to life the Holland of World War II—the heroism, dangers, shortages, cruelties, the love that warmed and strengthened families like the Verhagens.

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Hilda Van Stockum

Hilda Van Stockum

1908 - 2006
Dutch American
A Dutch childhood, adventurous travel around the world with her naval officer father, art school in Dublin and Amsterdam, and finally, adulthood split... See more

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The Winged Watchman Reprint

The Winged Watchman
Reprinted in 1997 by Bethlehem Books
Available formats: Paperback, Ebook
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Resource Guide

Plumfield Moms Podcast
Podcast

Meet Hilda van Stockum's Son: John Tepper Marlin
Released in 2022 by Plumfield Moms Podcast
Available formats: Streaming Audio
Length: 42 min.
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Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

The Winged Watchman
This is a heartwarming story of a Dutch family during the Nazi occupation who managed not only to survive but to extend to a...

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Plumfield and Paideia

The Winged Watchman
Reviewed by Sara Masarik
There are scenes in this book which will stay with me and my nine year old for life. Unlike The Hiding Place, however, our main characters are able to combat the evil that presses in on them. Like The Hiding Place, Von Stockum leaves the reader with hope and clear examples of how everyone can choose rightly even when the world seems to be on fire... this is a must read. Find out more in our full review.

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