At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, 15-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.
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Phillip Hoose is masterful as he unfolds the story of Knud Pederson and the Churchhill Club, The boys were brilliant and brave, never passing up an opportunity to sabotage the Germans, when situations presented itself. Outstanding job with the audiobook, I couldn't stop listening, fabulous all the way around!
I admit I had not heard this story until reading this book. The story is absorbing, moving and compelling. I could not help but wonder how I would have reacted in the same situation, like the boys who rebelled or like most of the adults who acquiesced. I also wonder how much of the boys actions are due to bravery and how much to the rebelliousness and fearlessness of youth. Two quibbles. First, the author mentions but does not elaborate on the successful evacuation of the Jews by Danes before they were deported by the Nazis. The Danes certainly deserve credit for that rap in comparison to action (or inaction) by other countries and esp since they are criticized for capitulating to the Nazis. Second, the book narrator was very good but I felt the actor voicing Knud Pederson was over the top sometimes and I found it a bit distracting. Overall an excellent book esp for those unfamiliar with heroics of the Churchill Club.
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