A Way through the Sea

by Robert Elmer
Series: The Young Underground #1
172 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Historically accurate and adventurous without leaving the deeper spiritual things behind.


Peter and Elise Anderson are normal children living in Denmark during World War II. Their friend Henrik Melchior is different in only one area: he is a Jew. When things suddenly go awry for Jews in Denmark, the Andersons' friendship with Henrik compels them to make a dangerous voyage.


The Anderson family is kind and eager to help those in need. Peter and Elise are careful, responsible, and make the best decisions under tight circumstances. Henrik is more bold than they, but he understands the need to be cautious.

Spiritual Content

The Andersons attend a Lutheran church once in a while. Henrik is a Jew. Peter celebrates Rosh Hashanah with the Melchiors. Uncle Morten explains what it really means to be a Christian and prays openly. Peter prays during their nighttime escapade. Henrik quotes a Scripture verse and references a Bible story.


The treatment of Jews in other European nations is briefly touched on. Nazis hold a few Jews at gunpoint. Henrik breaks his arm in an accident and later faints.

Drug and Alcohol Content

German guards smoke cigarettes and escapees are warned against smoking (we don't know if any of the escapees smoke). The kids pass a tavern and a drunk soldier.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



This World War II novel is a great story, complete with faith, values, and adventure. It gives younger readers a look at the war and the Jewish situation in Denmark through the eyes of kids who long to do what is right.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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