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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

by Phillip Hoose

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RGG: Award winning biography of the Darwins. Integrating science, theology, and cultural and domestic history, this is in-depth, but readable nonfiction. The complexity of the science and historical cultural references makes this more appropriate for older adolescents. Reading Interest: YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Oct 22, 2017 |
#2017-18 VRC Book
  SummerReadsLMS | May 30, 2017 |
It is 1940, the country of Denmark has surrendered the whole country to Nazi Germany without even fighting. Shortly thereafter, a group of teenage boys creates a group called the Churchill Club to fight and resist the occupying German forces. The book takes a behind the scenes look at how the organization was run and some of the daring missions they took part in. The boys’ actions helped up the resistance efforts toward the Nazis. The heroic boys were eventually caught and put in prison, but they were perceived as heroes after the war for their efforts. I found this book to be captivating. These boys showed extreme courage by being the first Danes to resist the Nazis and it helped guide the way for a stronger resistance movement. The book does go back and forth between Knud Pedersen’s point of view and third person narrative. This book is the winner of the Blue Ribbon Non-Fiction Book Award. Good book to teach about the resistance against Nazi Germany. Also good historical book that is World War II connected in Social Studies.
  dennehycm32 | Feb 24, 2017 |
Hoose was able to gather the story firsthand from Knud Pedersen. He worked closely with him throughout the writing process, and came away with a very creditable account, neither downplaying or mythicizing the group's activities and accomplishments. Well done! ( )
  2wonderY | Jan 17, 2017 |
This actually is a YA book and fairly short but nevertheless a fascinating story of a group of Danish teenagers that refused to accept Nazi occupation during WWII while most of the adults accepted the occupation and went along with it. Most of the books that I have read on WWII did not discuss Denmark so I found this very interesting. ( )
  JulieLill | Jan 5, 2017 |
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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 Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

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"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion"-- "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"--… (more)

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