31 January 2015

Pennies for Hitler - Jackie French

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This is a children's book written by Australian author, Jackie French, but it is definitely worth reading for adults too.

Georg is a German boy living a happy life with his loving parents in 1939. His father is an English academic, but Georg had lived his whole life in Germany with the occasional visit to England. It turns out his father had a Jewish grandparent, which quickly sets in motion tragedy for his little family. He is smuggled to England to live with his aunt, where he must be "George", an English boy. Then, during the Blitz, "George" is evacuated ... to Australia.

This book is an interesting look at the circumstances of WWII through the eyes of a German boy as he adjusts to a new life with those who he had been taught at school were the "enemy". It articulates the young boy's struggle to live a lie as he is forced to suddenly leave the life he knows, knowing that the impression others have of him could either condemn or save him.

The language is simple, but the themes are complex, and this is a story which stays with you after the book is finished.

Book: Paperback. Borrowed from my local library.
Rating: I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.
One-liner: A book for children, but I loved it just the same.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure this is a very different story but it made me think of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


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