The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong (1956)



In 1937, as things are heating up in Europe, Japan invades China and starts the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.  Tien Pao, his parents and baby sister flee in a small abandoned boat as the Japanese burn their small Chinese village to the ground.  After days of rowing up-stream, they arrive at a American airbase where Tien Pao’s parents seek refuge and work.  Tien Pao is left to guard the boat, but it becomes unmoored in a storm and floats away  — back into enemy territory!  Tien Pao is suddenly alone and surrounded by the enemy.  Will anyone come to his rescue?  And if he survives, how will he ever find his parents again?

This tense story is filled with both heartbreak and triumph.  The House of Sixty Fathers is based on the author’s own experiences while serving in the US Army Air Corp (later named the US Air Force) in China during World War 2.  It was a Newbery Honor winner in 1957.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 208 Pages, China, Courage, World War 2, Books for Boys, Published in 1956

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