Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
‘Historical fiction at its best’ – Bookseller & Publisher It’s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils’ heads to see which of them have the most ‘Aryan’- shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive. Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too.
A companion piece to the best-selling Hitler’s Daughter, this is a story of war-torn Europe during WWII, as seen through the eyes of a young German boy Georg, who loses his family and must forget his past and who he is in order to survive.
MORE PRAISE FOR PENNIES FOR HITLER’Jackie French’s research and subsequent feeling for the era is superb the descriptions of wartime Australia alone are fascinating. This is historical fiction at is best and thoroughly recommended for upper primary children and beyond.’ – Bookseller & Publisher, 5 Star Review
‘From its dramatic opening sequence to its one word conclusion 300 pages later, this is an absorbing story rich with details of everyday life’ – Canberra Times
‘This striking fiction for school age readers gives an unflinching view of war and a close-up human perspective on asylum seekers.’ – Saturday Age