Author: Erik Walters
This book report discusses the plot, significant characters, setting (e.g., time of the story took place, historical background), problems and resolutions, themes or messages of the story. A reflection of the author’s writing style will be presented followed by a conclusion.
This story talks about 2 young teenagers during World War II are spending an exciting and intense wartime summer in Whitby. Almost 12 years, George and 14 years old, Jack, are having a make-believe war when they get caught by 2 guards and are asked to leave and not return. One day, they discover 4 men planting “clay” onto the bridge. George and Jack suspect that these 4 men are possibly some of the German Spy Agents from the Camp they visited and are sent to bomb the bridge. Driven by intense curiosity, these 2 boys sneak into Camp X and discover the activities they do there. They get caught and are interrogated the head of the camp, the lieutenant colonel.
As the boys know almost as much as what the camp is about, they are asked to sign an agreement that none of the information that they know about the camp is told and that they are officially agents of the Camp. A newspaperman, Mr. Krum is very curious about the activities in the camp. Knowing about the agreement, none of his questions were answered and as the conversation continued, Mr. Krum showed the boys his medals while serving with the German Army. Later on, the boys miscount newspapers and decide to go to the newspaper office to get a few more. Mr. Krum drives them to a place where they are tied up and interrogated. After being interrogated, the Germans that Mr. Krum was part of planned an attack to the camp and the D.I.L Plant that their mother was working at. The boys break free and in a jeep that they stole, both of them got injured but still got recognized later as heroes.
George is a quite honest, well mannered and kind boy. He is a Canadian but has a German decent from his grandfather. He loves to play make-believe war and is a great problem solver. He loves his parents and cares most about his brother, Jack. In addition, he bites his cheek whenever he is nervous. George follows instructions given to him carefully and always gets dragged away to Jacks adventures that he considers dangerous.
Jack is a smart 14 year old, great problem solver and is considerate to his brother. He also is Canadian and has a German decent from his grandfather. He often gets George into his troubles and drags him along his adventures. Jack is very knowledgeable, reliable, sneaky who is at times encourages his brother to follow him and do the things he tells him to do. As Jack is already so knowledgeable about the camp, he signs an agreement to not tell anything about the camp and to serve in part of the camp.
Mom is a very caring mother of the two kids, Jack and George. She works at the D.I.L plant and trusts her two boys. She is mostly unintelligent to her two boy’s actions and believes that they do exactly what she intends. For instance, when she is gone, the boy’s visit the camp and in time return back home. Mom thinks that the whole day they stayed out of trouble and did their paper route.
Mr. Krum is a very kind, curious, newspaperman who is very kind to the two boys. He served for the German country during the war and is very loyal to Germany. He claims he is a Canadian and wants to enlist in the Canadian Army. Although he brings them to a house and interrogates them for what they know, instead of killing them at the end, he spares their lives and aims for the wall so that his associates suspect that the boys are dead. George and Jack both have a newspaper route and as George calls him a traitor, Mr. Krum explains that he is only loyal to Germany.
Little Bill is a very important World War I airplane ace that is in charge of Camp X. He is very skillful, kind and...