Hitler's Canary (Paperback)
  • Hitler's Canary (Paperback)
  • Hitler's Canary (Paperback)
  • Hitler's Canary (Paperback)
Hitler's Canary (Paperback) Hitler's Canary (Paperback)

Hitler's Canary (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 06/07/2006
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1940. Copenagen, Denmark. The German troops have invaded.

A must-read account of immense courage during the Second World War, for children. Based on real-life events experienced by Sandi Toksvig's family during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.

Ten-year-old Bamse Skovlund and his best friend Anton have been ordered to stay out of trouble.

It soon becomes clear that trouble isn't just going to pass any of them by.

Jewish Danes are subject to appalling treatment by the German occupiers, and every day are at risk of being taken away to concentration camps in mainland Europe.

The Skovlund family are determined to fight against Nazi occupation. And if this means participating in one of history's most dramatic rescue missions, then it's time to take a stand.

A tale of resistance in Nazi-occupied Denmark. The book is inspired by the stories told to Sandi Toksvig by her father, Bamse.

Praise for Hitler's Canary:

'An extraordinary story... truly life-affirming.' Michael Morpurgo

'There are not many classic children's novels about the Second World War but this is one of them.' The Times

'Racily written and full of comic incident as well as suspense.' The Independent

'Brilliantly told... never loses sight of the child's view of war.' The Guardian

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780440866626
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 194 x 130 x 18 mm


There are not many classic children's novels about the Second World War but this is one of them. Toksvig's enchanting and inspiring tale reminds us of how even the smallest people made a difference - Amanda Craig, The Times

There are several heart-stopping moments but overall the story is told with a light touch and many moments of humour - The Bookseller

On the evidence of this warm and enlightening tale, Sandi Toksvig is as skilled at writing for children as she is for adults . . . Toksvig manages to lace the action with plenty of humour but without trivialising the momentous events - Waterstone's Books Quarterly

A must-read for any pupil studying World War II and any pupil looking for a truly remarkable "real-life" story to inspire and delight - Teaching & Learning

A suspenseful, humane story - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

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“Suggested for readers between 9-14”

This book is about a Danish boy called Bamse, which means teddy bear in Danish, and his Jewish friend called Anton. It is inspired by a real life story set during the Second World War in Copenhagen. When the Nazi... More

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I loved this story but found the ending such a let down. It had all the right ingredients but came out flat, unfortunately and frustratingly.

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