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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016

Our heartfelt thanks to Elizabeth C. Overmyer, Gratia Banta, Alan Bern, Alexandra Burns, Nick M. Glass, Eric Gomez, Susan Dove Lempke, Grace W. Ruth and Jennifer R. Sommer of the The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Committee for their hard work and dedication in reviewing 2015’s children’s non-fiction collection for the Sibert.  Non-fiction writers are so lucky to have dedicated professionals like you that see the power of informational books to connect and compel young readers to citizenship. The Boys Who Challenged...

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Gratefulness Has No Distances: Knud Pedersen Talks About The Boys That Challenged Hitler

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Gratefulness Has No Distances: Knud Pedersen Talks About The Boys That Challenged Hitler

Knud Pedersen, the subject of  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club recorded this video in 2014.  In the video, he talks about working with author Phillip Hoose and the publishing team at Farrar Straus Giroux on the development of his story. He says that “gratefulness has no distances.”  Indeed, Knud, it does not.  Phil Hoose, FSG and readers owe you much gratefulness for your bravery, for your ingenuity, for your stubbornness and for all the ways you have preserved this incredible story of valor...

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The Museum is Closed: Knud Pedersen, the Artist

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

The Museum is Closed: Knud Pedersen, the Artist

In Denmark, Nikolaj Kunsthal has launched a retrospective exhibition that tells the story of Knud Pedersen, the subject of the Boys Who Challenged Hitler, as an artist, event maker, resistance fighter, author, and exhibition arranger. “Knud Pedersen, who died last December, was one of a kind on the Danish art scene. The potential of ideas and thoughts and the notion that art should be for everyone were pivotal points to Knud Pedersen. He aimed for the utopian, rejected authorities, and the range of his imagination seemed to know no...

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NYT: Pulp-fiction Tale of Juvenile Swashbuckling

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 1 comment

NYT: Pulp-fiction Tale of Juvenile Swashbuckling

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club was reviewed in the 9/13/15 edition of The New York Times Book Review by fellow National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson. “Heroism is not in fashion right now. We prefer our heroes smudged and compromised; it’s more comforting, less demanding…The heroism in Phillip Hoose’s “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler” reads almost like a pulp-fiction tale of juvenile swashbuckling. Two groups of teenage Danes, outraged at their government’s compliance with the demands...

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NEH Nonfiction Favorites

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, We Were There Too! | 0 comments

NEH Nonfiction Favorites

National Endowment for the Humanities compiled a list of “Nonfiction Favorites” or the Nonfiction Booklist for Young Readers.  We are proud to find both Claudette Colvin and We Were There, Too! on their fine...

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SLJ: History Anything But Fusty

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

SLJ: History Anything But Fusty

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler (FSG) was declared to be “engaging and authoritative” and not “fusty” history in an article in School Library Journal along with the terrific reads, Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army (FSG) and Doreen Rappaport’s Beyond Courage (Candlewick).  Read the...

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Book Trailer for “The Boys”

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Book Trailer for “The Boys”

Our thanks to… Produced by Curious City Video Production by James Bailey Sound Production by Mind’s Eye Production Music Licensed by Mind’s Eye Production Voice by William Dufris

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When Do You Stand Up?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

When Do You Stand Up?

At Phil Hoose’s recent appearance at Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts to present The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, we loved these opening remarks from Anne Whaling, the store’s children’s book buyer. “It’s an incredible story of a small group of Danish middle-school boys who took bold action to protest the Nazi occupation of their country, at a time when their parents, teachers, and civic leaders were unwilling to resist. The book raises lots of thought-provoking questions, as the best books always do: When do you...

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Voice Rings with Passion for a Just Cause

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Voice Rings with Passion for a Just Cause

The San Francisco Chronicle paid wonderful tribute to Knud Pedersen, the subject of Phillip Hoose’s book The Boys Who Challenged Hitler in their recent review: “Now in his 80s, Pederson’s voice still rings with passion for a just cause. He recaptures a sense of urgency, describing the Churchill Club and its three departments: propaganda, technical and sabotage. Its exploits are brave and brazen — cutting phone lines, burning military trucks and capturing weapons. Eventually there are arrests, but the club is later credited with...

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