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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 energizing a passive nation. Grainy archival photos personalize the past, but the power in this slice-of-history lies in its inspiring story and inspired storytelling. Bottom line: Kids can be heroes, too.” —The San Francisco...

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Phil Hoose Appearances 2015

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Speaking Appearances | 0 comments

Phil Hoose Appearances 2015

Author Phillip Hoose has been invited to talk about The Boys Who Challenged Hitler all over this country this year.  If you would like to hear abut the Danish boy saboteurs from the author himself, we hope to see you on… August 21, 20015 @ 7:30 PM Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts 2904 College Ave, Berkeley, CA September 5, 2015 National Book Festival Washington Convention Center Washington DC October 23, 2015 Keynote Speaker Annual convention of Maine Association for Middle Level Education Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport ME November 4, 2015 Brown Bag Author Lunch Series Portland Public Library Portland, ME...

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The Courage of Knud and Jens

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 1 comment

The Courage of Knud and Jens

  “But this narrative is far more than a rousing real-life adventure tale. Ultimately, “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler” will stir readers to ask themselves whether they would have had the courage of Knud and Jens – two teenagers who risked everything to stand up to a real and extremely dangerous enemy.” —Christian Science Monitor Read the full...

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The Boys of Summer

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

The Boys of Summer

Kirkus Reviews declared The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, “the real-world story of teenagers who battle the Nazis when adults refused to,” to be one of the “10 Teen Books You Can’t Miss This Summer.” What’s on your reading list this summer?

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“Boys” Win Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Boys” Win Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose is a Nonfiction Honor Winner of the 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK 
AWARD! Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 27, 2015. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. A Winner and two Honor Books were selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction. “The BHGB’s odd calendar (last half of previous year, first half of this) and small (three) panel of judges tend to bring unexpected choices to the fore, but what makes this award really stand out is its deceptively simple criterion: the judges are instructed to reward ‘excellence,’ no more, no less. Not as easy as it might sound!” says Roger Sutton. “The Boston Globe is proud to once again present The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — one of the many ways the Globe promotes excellence in the arts and letters nationally. We congratulate this year’s winning authors for their exemplary work in the field of children’s and young adult literature. It is our hope that their books will spark curiosity and creativity in generation upon generation of young people,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Globe Managing Director. The awards will be given at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The event begins with speeches by the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, Saturday, October 3rd, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions, offering librarians, educators, and children’s literature professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Transformations.” More information on The Horn Book at Simmons – including early-bird pricing – can be found at...

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Risked All and Lost Much

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Risked All and Lost Much

The Wall Street Journal opens a review of The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose by contrasting the nonfiction story to popular dystopian literature for teens… “Dystopian fiction abounds with defiant adolescents who dare to resist tyranny and seek to spark insurrection when all around them, even the adults, have been cowed. Noble as such heroes may be, in the end their exploits are only words on a page. It was not so for the intrepid Danish schoolboys who engaged in a campaign of sabotage against their Nazi occupiers in 1941 and 1942. These teenagers risked all—and lost much…”  Read More —Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street...

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Koo and the Dalai Lama Consider the Ant

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Koo and the Dalai Lama Consider the Ant

Recently, I was shown this page from Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press). The image and haiku are very sweet, and true. I remember that feeling when I killed bugs, accidentally mainly, as a kid.  Those very same feelings led my daughter Hannah Hoose and I to write our picture book, Hey, Little Ant. It also reminds me of what Richard Gere said when asked how to raise a Buddha baby. “‘Teach them to respect insects.’  That is what the the Dalai Lama said. If they can learn to love something that to them is innately ugly and small, learn that an insect has the same life forece as they, that’s the beginning. And basically, you have to watch yourself. If you want your child to be special, you have to be special: generous, kind, loving, forgiving.” —Richard Gere Jon J. Muth’s character Koo embodies the Dalai Lama’s message.  May young readers listen.  —Phillip...

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The Morality of Boy Saboteurs

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

The Morality of Boy Saboteurs

“If ever a story raised questions about moral behavior, this is it. Was it right to steal guns belonging to Nazi soldiers? Was it right to destroy cars and buildings used by Nazi occupiers? These kids ended up in jail. They suffered terribly. Yet, their actions sparked a larger resistance effort in Denmark.  If ever a book narrated history focused on the actions of kids, this is it.” —The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults raised these questions in their review of The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.  What do you...

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Teachers Guide to Boys Who Challenged…

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Teachers Guide to Boys Who Challenged…

Phillip Hoose dedicates his book to “young people everywhere who find the courage to make up their own minds.” Keeping in mind this quotation and the cover of the book, imagine how the members of the Churchill Club may have used courage in their struggles.  Big thanks to the School & Library folks at Macmillan Children’s Book Publishing Group for the Teacher’s Guide & Discussion Questions for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. What questions do YOU...

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