Donna J. Stoltzfus

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Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12


Everything is about to change for John, a 13-year-old boy who goes to live and work on a Mennonite neighbor’s farm during WWII. John’s father is fighting in Europe, and John finds himself impatient with Sarah, a daughter of the family, who doesn’t believe in war. To make matters worse, a group of German prisoners of war arrives to work on the farm. John always keeps a sketch pad handy for drawing whenever he has a spare moment. How can John remain loyal to his father and hold onto his anger at the enemy when a POW begins to encourage his art, noticing John’s talent in a way no one ever has before? Unexpectedly, his drawings force him to make difficult decisions involving POWs, his father, and his dreams.

Size: 6" x 9" | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355516

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Donna J. Stoltzfus grew up in New York City, but often visited Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she had extended family of both Mennonite and Amish heritage. Stoltzfus earned a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College and a master’s degree from New York University. She has worked for more than ten years at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade retail organization, which led her to author the picture book, In The Trunk of Grandma’s Car, which tells the story of the founder of Ten Thousand Villages. She and her husband have raised their three children in Lancaster County.