This is the second novel of Lin Acacio Flores, an award-winning writer of children’s stories. Here, she recreates the life of a teenager during the Japanese Occupation in World War II. She skillfully paints a picture of old San Juan and Mandaluyong, when these were still almost rural places. She weaves these into a story of conflicted friendships, hidden treasure and moral questions in a tale whose characters are both recognizable and endearing. Ideal for those interested in history, this novel includes actual photographs of life — and war — during the Japanese Occupation. These photos were culled from the extensive collection of World War II periodicals of the Lopez Museum, giving the young reader an accurate picture of life then.