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In a Nutshell: Survival and sacrifice in post-war Berlin
A powerfully thought-provoking portrayal of life among the ruins of post-war Berlin, as experienced by sixteen-year-olds, Otto and Helene, and the younger children in their charge.
Berlin, July, 1945. Hitler is dead, but the fight isn’t over for the band of parentless children at the heart of this hard-hitting novel. Otto and Helene live in an abandoned hospital, with responsibility for four younger children: Otto’s brother Ulrich, little Hanna, and twins Klaus and Erich. While everyday life is a fight for survival (food must be foraged and haggled; disease is rife), they all hope that ‘human decency’ will return now the Americans and British have arrived in the bombed-out city. All except Ulrich, that is, for he remains zealously devoted to the Nazis, and is determined to work for the Werewolf resistance. As the group battle on, some of them hoping their parents might be found, they must deal with many dangers and dilemmas, not least Ulrich who faces having to make the ultimate sacrifice.
As also demonstrated in his previous novels (for example, see Bomber and Sektion 20), the author has real flair for making thoroughly researched historical fiction accessible, relevant and utterly gripping. Alongside being a perfectly plotted page-turner, Wolf Children will surely also provoke much debate and discussion. ~ Joanne Owen
It is July 1945, Hitler's Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang of kids have banded together in the desperate, bombed-out city. The war may be over, but danger lurks in the shadows of the wreckage as Otto and his friends find themselves caught between invading armies, ruthless rival gangs and a strange Nazi war criminal who stalks them ...
A climactic story of truth, friendship and survival against the odds, Wolf Children will thrill readers of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne.
Praise for Auslander
He is a brilliant historical novelist. Dowswell shows us a side of Nazi Germany rarely seen ... a heart-stopping read Sunday Telegraph
A superlative, at times almost agonisingly compelling, piece of historical fiction ... The climactic escape to freedom is pure muck-sweat tension Financial Times
Praise for Sektion 20
A terrific book Bookseller
|Publication date:||24th August 2017|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction|
Paul Dowswell cemented his position as one-to-watch in the world of children’s historical fiction with his much-acclaimed WWII novel, Ausländer. Throughout all of his fiction, Paul weaves meticulous research into thrilling narrative that will engage young readers. A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written many non-fiction titles, two of which were shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Powder Monkey, his first novel, was published to huge critical acclaim. Ausländer was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Red House Children’s ...More About Paul Dowswell
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