The Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose


The Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

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 Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.


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

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 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.

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208 pages


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Publication date

11th May 2015



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