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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

By Phillip Hoose

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), Hardcover, 9780374300227, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015


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.

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

About the Author
Phillip Hoose is the author of "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice," a National Book Award winner, a Newbery Honor Book, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His other books include "Moonbird: ""A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, "also a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; and" We Were There, Too!, " a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Hoose lives in Portland, Maine.