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

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

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

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

by Phillip Hoose

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Overview

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374300227
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 30,588
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, a Sibert Honor and Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Winner; and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Hoose lives in Portland, Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 OPROP! 9

2 The RAF Club 17

3 The Churchill Club 25

4 Learning to Breathe 39

5 Flames of Resistance 45

6 To Arms 53

7 Whipped Cream and Steel 61

8 An Evening Alone 71

9 The Nibe Offensive 77

10 Grenades 83

11 No Turning Back 89

12 King Hans Gades Jail 95

13 Walls and Windows 107

14 At Large Again? 117

15 Nyborg State Prison 123

16 First Hours of Freedom 137

17 Better on the Inside 143

18 Our Evening with Mr. Churchill 159

Epilogue: The Times That Followed 167

Selected Bibliography 177

Notes 181

Acknowledgments 191

Illustration Credits 193

Index 194

Maps

Denmark and Northern Europe: 1940 16

Aalborg, Denmark, During the War 24

Holy Ghost Monastery 28

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