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Written by Rita La Fontaine De Clercq Zubli
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A Wartime Memoir

author: Rita La Fontaine De Clercq Zubli

With the Japanese army poised to invade their Indonesian island in 1942, Rita la Fontaine’s family knew that they and the other Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian residents would soon become prisoners of war. Fearing that twelve-year-old Rita would be forced to act as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese soldiers, the family launched a desperate plan to turn Rita into "Rick," cutting her hair short and dressing her in boy’s clothes. Rita’s aptitude for languages earned her a position as translator for the commandant of the prisoner camp, and for the next three years she played a dangerous game of disguise while advocating against poor conditions, injustice, and torture. In Disguised, Rita describes a war experience like no other — a remarkable tale of integrity, fortitude, and honor.
Back matter includes a glossary.

Told in her own words, here is the true story of a girl who posed as a boy during World War II — and dared to speak up for her fellow prisoners of war.
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Non-Fiction / Hardback
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14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
384 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
Biography & Autobiography; History;
author’s comments:
Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zubli grew up in Indonesia, where she and her family endured three and a half years in Japanese POW camps. After the war, Rita resumed her life as a young woman and married a Dutch rubber planter. They have four grown children and live in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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