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A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Winner

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, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose''s inspiring story of these young war heroes.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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Gr 9 Up—In April 1940, occupying German forces made Denmark a "protectorate" of the Third Reich. The Danish government accepted the occupation, but a small group of teen boys, angry at their nation''s cowardice, formed the secret Churchill Club to resist the Germans and conducted a six-month spree of sabotage and destruction. Incorporating lengthy first-person reminiscences of one of the group''s leaders, Knud Pedersen, Hoose describes how the club recruited members, exploited their youth and innocent looks to deceive their parents and the Germans, appropriated weapons, and carried out guerilla-style attacks from their bicycles. Although the boys were eventually arrested and imprisoned, their exploits made them national heroes, shamed many adults, and fueled Danish resistance. After the war, Winston Churchill honored their efforts. The book is well organized, effectively integrating Pedersen''s vivid descriptions of his group''s motives, determination, and sometimes foolhardy bravery within the larger narrative, which includes information about Denmark, the war, and the boys'' families and lives. Sidebars, detailed maps, and period photos supplement the text. Often reading like a thriller, this title puts a human face on the often-overlooked Danish Resistance and complements titles such as Michael Burgan''s Refusing to Crumble: The Danish Resistance in World War II (Compass Pt., 2010) and Ellen Levine''s Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews (Holiday House, 2000). VERDICT A captivating work that will appeal to many readers.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO

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A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Winner • A Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Winner A Booklist Editors’ Choice • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Best Teen Book of the Year • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year • A New York Public Library Notable A Washington Post Best Children''s 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

“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

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

“[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

“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

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

About the Author

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book Claudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publisher''s Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah; It’s Our World, Too!; The Race to Save the Lord God Bird; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler; and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, a Christopher Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and multiple Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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LeonaG
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My kid who HATES to read actually read this
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
My 12-year-old son, who REFUSES to read like you''d refuse cyanide, actually read this book! I can''t comment on the content specifically as I haven''t read it yet, but he was actually interested. That''s 10 stars in my book.
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Michael E. Martin
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Inspiring and Educational
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2017
I bought this book to add to the Little Free Library we have nearby. Intent was to offer something to read for middle school students that would be educational and inspirational. Not personally being in the target reading group, I can only try to remember what I found... See more
I bought this book to add to the Little Free Library we have nearby. Intent was to offer something to read for middle school students that would be educational and inspirational. Not personally being in the target reading group, I can only try to remember what I found interesting and inspiring at that age. Yes, I think it meets both those objectives. With lots of photos and diagrams and a brisk pace, it provides sufficient detail to be understandable and engaging without becoming bogged down with details that a younger reader might find superfluous. There are many boys mentioned in the book and it is a bit difficult to remember who is who as the story progresses. In part this is because of the unfamiliar Danish names.The shift from narration to first-person accounts of the events throughout the book adds to the authenticity, but may also make it a bit more confusing for younger readers not familiar with this style of historical accounts. Bottom line: a worthwhile read, but might take a bit of extra concentration to fully understand the entire story.
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MHamilton
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Shocking Story, Lack-Luster Book
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
How I found this book: My English teacher assigned a book club project on a nonfiction book. Funnily enough, I looked up nonfiction books on Amazon and this was the first result. Wanting to get a headstart on reading, begged my friends to choose this book because it... See more
How I found this book:
My English teacher assigned a book club project on a nonfiction book. Funnily enough, I looked up nonfiction books on Amazon and this was the first result. Wanting to get a headstart on reading, begged my friends to choose this book because it looked interesting and was recommended. When they agreed, I swiftly pressed order.
Overall outlook on the book:
The book was about an interesting group of boys who challenged Hitler during his occupation of Denmark, their home. The actions they did were interesting and humorous, like switching Nazi signs so they would get lost traveling. The content of the book was fascinating, but the presentation of it was not. I enjoyed the pictures that gave context and the quotes from Knud about his experience, but the other parts of the book read like a textbook. They lacked the surprise of a fiction book.
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This book is in the Young Adult genre which is appropriate because of the age of the Churchill Club members, but the book can seem dull for this age group. I would recommend this book to someone who is very interested in World War II or likes nonfiction books. I prefer fiction, perhaps that is why this book just did not hit the mark for me.
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Marie Lewis
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A rude awakening
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015
I''m a second generation American and Half Dane from my mother''s side. My grandfather was from Nibe as well as my grandmother. On my father''s side I am German. I was born in 1933 and too young to be aware of the surrender of the Danes to the occupation of Denmark. My... See more
I''m a second generation American and Half Dane from my mother''s side. My grandfather was from Nibe as well as my grandmother. On my father''s side I am German. I was born in 1933 and too young to be aware of the surrender of the Danes to the occupation of Denmark. My family was silent in the years that followed, so when I chose to read this book, I was shocked to learn of the Danish attitude regarding the Nazis.
I have great admiration for the young men and women with the courage it took to stand up to their countrymen and try to make a difference. It is this kind of heroism that makes me proud of my heritage.
I found this book to be very enlightening and an easy read.
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Got this for my son to read to meet his ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
Got this for my son to read to meet his N/F requirement. He''s only 50 pages into it thus far and loving it. He''s 6th grade this year and has a form of autism so I had to make sure the story we went with was relatable while also compelling discussing issues outside of a... See more
Got this for my son to read to meet his N/F requirement. He''s only 50 pages into it thus far and loving it. He''s 6th grade this year and has a form of autism so I had to make sure the story we went with was relatable while also compelling discussing issues outside of a single idea or person. He''s loving the young men and the historical element. I plan to get The Plot to Kill Hitler for him to continue his reading on the subject as suggested by several people.
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G. Brees
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Interesting and little known story
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2017
I bought this to read with the 14 year old I mentor as she is interested in WWII. Though not a terribly exciting book to read, it has been very interesting. It is a story I''ve not ever heard before and I am enjoying learning about the Churchill Gang along with my mentee.... See more
I bought this to read with the 14 year old I mentor as she is interested in WWII. Though not a terribly exciting book to read, it has been very interesting. It is a story I''ve not ever heard before and I am enjoying learning about the Churchill Gang along with my mentee. I am glad for the pictures and little info boxes as they definitely add to the book''s enjoyment.
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Melanie J. Dulaney
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WWII non-fiction Lone Star award book
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2016
Readers of WWII fiction and non-fiction will love this less known story of Danish rebellion as Hitler stormed across Europe. Phillip Hoose tells of private school teens who grew tired of watching their countrymen just accept the presence of Nazi soldiers and Hitler''s laws... See more
Readers of WWII fiction and non-fiction will love this less known story of Danish rebellion as Hitler stormed across Europe. Phillip Hoose tells of private school teens who grew tired of watching their countrymen just accept the presence of Nazi soldiers and Hitler''s laws and began to strike back, starting with small acts of defiance and ending with outright sabotage that inspires a country to take action. Written in a more narrative style, even readers who avoid non-fiction will enjoy this action-packed book. Recommended for grades 6-adult
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Matt Norling
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Interesting Historical Account
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016
This is a really interesting book about a little-known group of heroes in World War II. It is the story of the "Churchill Club," a group of teen boys living in occupied Denmark who conducted sabotage and harassment of the Germans in their town. The main character,... See more
This is a really interesting book about a little-known group of heroes in World War II. It is the story of the "Churchill Club," a group of teen boys living in occupied Denmark who conducted sabotage and harassment of the Germans in their town. The main character, Knud Pedersen, is interviewed by the author and much of the book comes from his first-hand accounts. I really enjoyed reading about how these boys took a stand against the Nazis in WWII Denmark.
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P. Dunleavy
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Very Interesting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2015
I visited the Monastery at Aalborg recently and learnt about the exploits of the Churchill Club. When I returned home I tried to find the English version of the book as I was interested to learn more. I was not disappointed. It was interesting to read of teens taking the...See more
I visited the Monastery at Aalborg recently and learnt about the exploits of the Churchill Club. When I returned home I tried to find the English version of the book as I was interested to learn more. I was not disappointed. It was interesting to read of teens taking the lead and showing a maturity in wanting to rebel against the apparent apathy of their leaders.
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N. Parish
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Brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2019
Anyone with an interest in the occupation of Denmark, The Danish Resistance and/or the Danish branch of the Special Operations Executive, this is essential reading for you!
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The boy who challenged Hitler
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2020
I really like that book because we study about this in my school. Also the author write very good book like A history of Medicine in 50 discoveries
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Andrea Springer
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Nice to have some reading he will actually look forward ...
Reviewed in Canada on November 12, 2016
My son is interested in WWII and loves this story. Nice to have some reading he will actually look forward to ''
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Three Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 26, 2015
A somewhat simplistic overview of subject matter.
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