Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club November 4, 2016

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — elinsenmeyer @ 2:14 pm

In 1940, the Nazi army invaded Denmark and the Danish government signed an agreement for Germany to occupy the country and take over the government. Angered by this, 15 year old Knud Pedersen and his friends form a secretive organization known Churchill Club. Their goal? To stop the Nazis, even when the adults couldn’t and wouldn’t.

22718705The members of the Churchill Club start small–they paint graffiti and remove and switch around signs to make things difficult for the Nazis. But soon they’re not content with these small acts of rebellion and move on to larger actions, including cutting communication lines, stealing weapons, and raiding Nazi buildings. Considering they were doing this on all on their bikes? It’s pretty impressive.

This is a true story of a small group of teenagers who do great things. In fact, the Churchill Club is often credited as inspiring the rest of Denmark to stand up to the Nazis. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is a fast read full of twists and turns that will have every reader cheering for these awesome teens.


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