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Damned Strong Love: The True Story of Willi G. and Stefan K.: A Novel

by Lutz van Dijk
Translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford, from the German

Published by U.S. edition: Henry Holt, 1995
138 pages
ISBN: 0805037705

Ages 14-18

An unusual, provocative coming-of-age novel is based on the true story of two young men whose paths crossed in Poland during World War II. Stefan was 17 when he met and fell in love with Willi, a young Austrian soldier who was stationed in his hometown. In the midst of a raging war, the two lovers manage to meet secretly several times before they are separated when Willi's company leaves town. Lovestruck and heartsick, Stefan sends a love letter to Willi, a shockingly innocent act that leads to tragedy. Lutz van Dijk's fast-paced, compelling narrative makes the events of 50 years ago seem like they happened today. Honor Book, 1995 CCBC Mildred L. Batchelder Award Discussion CCBC categories: FICTION FOR TEENAGERS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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