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The boys who challenged Hitler

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The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-

New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015.

viii, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

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"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion"-- Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 970L

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ISBN:

978-0-374-30022-7 (hardback)

ISBN:

9780374302726 (ebook)

LC Call No:

D802.D4 H645 2015

Dewey Class No:

940.53/489083 23

Author:

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-

Title:

The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club / Phillip Hoose.

Edition:

First edition.

Physical:

viii, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

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BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-178) and index.

Summary:

"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion"-- Provided by publisher.

Summary:

"At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes"-- Provided by publisher.

Target Audience:

970 Lexile.

Subject:

Pedersen, Knud,--1925-2014--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Churchill-klubben (AÌŠlborg, Denmark)--History--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Denmark--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Boys--Political activity--Denmark--Biography--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Rosie 2017-2018.--Political activity--Denmark--Biography--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Heroes--Denmark--Biography--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Sabotage--Denmark--History--20th century--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

Government, Resistance to--Denmark--History--20th century--Juvenile literature.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Europe.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Adventure & Adventurers.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Boys & Men.

Subject:

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Europe.

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Patron Reviews

Review by Andrey Ruegsegger.
The group of schoolboys lurked in the darkness, gazing around a corner to the barracks guarded by a lone, drunken Nazi. In WWII, German occupied Denmark had grown tired of their Nazi leaders. No one, however, wanted to do anything about it. The Boys who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose, details the actions of Knud Pedersen, his brother, and his schoolmates in their acts of defiance against the Third Reich, and how they inspired the Danish people to rise up against their new leaders.

A semi-bibliography, The Boys who Challenged Hitler was published in early 2015, after several years of communication and research by the author to several members of the Danish resistance. A book filled with pictures, drawings by some of the schoolboy saboteurs, and references to more information and sources, this book is suitable for anyone looking for rich non-fiction or an interesting biography. Throughout the story, we are told, first hand, the acts of defiance put up by several Danish boys and girls, all of whom were members of the Churchill Club. The Club was founded by Knud and his close friends, all of whom were tired of the Nazi’s, and looked up to the Norwegians who were fighting against the Germans. Named after the Prime Minister the resistance admired, the Churchill Club went on to destroy many Nazi vehicles, buildings, and resources. From days in prison to adventures in the field, Knud recounts his and friends journey of rebellion against the Third Reich.

Although short, this biographical book contains many interesting stories and pieces of information. The Churchill Club sparked a mass revolution of thought in Denmark, and the group of schoolboys, no older than seniors in High School, gave a giant middle finger to their imposed leader. If a reader enjoys nonfiction, World War II, and stories of rebellion, The Boys who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose, is a definite must read.


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