The Tulip Boy

The Tulip Boy

Christina Wahldén

Original Title
Tulpanpojken
Published
Rabén & Sjögren 2017
Genre
Fiction 9-12
Pages
192
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The Tulip Boy

Christina Wahldén

On October 18, 1945, Wim arrives at Nyköping train station. He is eleven years old and comes from Tiel in the Netherlands. He is sent to Sweden because there isn’t any food left in his country. The hunger winter, the last winter of the war, was terrible in Holland and in the end sugar beets were the only thing available to eat. There was no heat and no food, cities burned, people struggled, and many died. With the family outside Nyköping, Wim is doing fine, but everything is so different. There is food, and heat, and no one has experienced the war.

Christina Wahldén has written a story about European history that is set in the mid-1940s but is frighteningly relevant today. Between 1945 and 1946, more than ten thousand foreign children, between the ages of eight and twelve, came to Sweden through Save the Children. Over two thousand children came from the Netherlands. Wim was one of them.

 

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Awards
The Tulip Boy was awarded the Children’s Novel Prize in Karlstad and was nominated for the Nils Holgersson plaque.