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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) by [Hoose, Phillip]
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Length: 209 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 7 Up—A group of Danish middle school boys, led by 15-year-old Knud Pedersen, decided to resist German occupation in Denmark despite the government's acceptance. Like soldiers, they were determined and disciplined, being careful not to blow their cover. Naming themselves the Churchill Club, they began by changing directional signs and cutting communication wires. Eventually they got their hands on grenades and started blowing up German cars. Organized but untrained, they stole rifles left unattended by German soldiers and began to kill Germans with their own weapons. The Churchill Club was eventually caught, tried, and imprisoned. Listeners will have to decide if what the boys did was justified or mischievous. Michael Braun's narration is well done. VERDICT Many students will be interested in this work of nonfiction that shows a different perspective of life during World War II.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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A School Library Journal Best Book of 2015

“These teenagers risked all―and lost much. . . . This energetic work of nonfiction . . . will cheer the hearts of readers whatever their age.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“Told in straightforward, even prosaic language, this account will help young readers imagine themselves in the midst of the unimaginable ― and will show them how kids much like them managed to survive.” ―The New York Times

“[An] inspiring account.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Hoose tells this largely unknown story with passion and clarity . . . A superbly told, remarkable true story.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Their story is one of bravery in the face of constant danger and of increasingly meaningful acts of sabotage . . . An important and unforgettable book that adds a significant chapter to the history of WWII.” ―Booklist, starred review

“Often reading like a thriller, this title puts a human face on the often-overlooked Danish Resistance . . . Captivating.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“What an edge-of-your-seat narrative it is-and even more compelling for teen readers, who are the same age as the real-life protagonists.” ―The Bulletin, starred review

“An outstanding addition to the WWII canon . . . Hoose brilliantly weaves Pedersen's own words into the larger narrative of Denmark's stormy social and political wartime climate.” ―The Horn Book, starred review

“A rousing real-life adventure tale.” ―Christian Science Monitor


Product details

  • File Size: 12456 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OO19A6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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