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Hoose, Phillip.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
ISBN: 0374300224

(4 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nationís 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. The boys committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans. They eventually were arrested, but their exploits helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, Phillip Hoose captures the astounding story of these young war heroes who refused to give in without a fight. (Hoose)
(Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

Booktalk #2

Are you brave enough to take the chance? Knud and his friends watched helplessly as Hitler and his Nazis took over Denmark. They had to do something. The boys in the Churchill gang tried everything to stop them, from stealing weapons to acts of arson. Based on a true story, follow the exploits of this group of brave resisters. (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #3

Knud Pedersen and his friends are furious. Their country of Denmark has been occupied by Nazi Germany, and the Danish government is doing nothing to stop them. The teenagers decide that if their leaders wonít fight the Nazis, then they will. The young men create the Churchill Club, named for British leader Winston Churchill, and risk their own safety and lives to stop the Nazis however they can. The boys start with small acts of theft and sabotage to thwart their enemies, but as their exploits escalate, so does the threat of being caught. Award winning author Phillip Hoose uses interviews with the adult Knud Pedersen to tell the real-life story of how a group of school boys set out to start a revolution in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen the Churchill Club.  (Oklahoma Intermediate Sequoyah Award, 2018)

Booktalk #4

When Denmark does not resist German occupation during World War II, a group of teenagers led by 15-year-old Knud Pederson band together to take action against the Nazis, committing acts of sabotage and eventually getting themselves arrested. Their actions inspire a nation and help spark the Danish resistance. (Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Rosie Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Boys -- Political activity -- Denmark.
                        Churchill-klubben (Alborg, Denmark) -- History.
                        Denmark -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945.
                        Government, Resistance to Denmark -- History -- 20th century.
                        Heroes -- Denmark.
                        Middle school students -- Political activity -- Denmark.
                        Pedersen, Knud, 1925-2014.
                        Sabotage -- Denmark -- History -- 20th century.
                        World War, 1939-1945
                        Underground movements -- Denmark.

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