The Winter War: A Novel
Title: The Winter War: A Novel
Author: William Durbin
HIST TEEN DURBIN
After the Russians invade Finland, Marko volunteers to be a messenger, delivering his packages on skis in the dark of night. When he discovers his fellow messenger friend, Karl, is a girl dressed in disguise who is working as a guerilla to revenge her slaughtered family, the job becomes more dangerous than ever.
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.