Jackie French's latest offering is heart wrenching. With characters that you just want to meet, there's young English/German Georg, smuggled out of Germany in 1938 and later evacuated with a boat load of other children to Australia. Mr & Mrs Peaslake, Georg's Australian foster parents who provide a glimpse of war resilience in the face of hardship and uncertainty, and Georg's best friend 'Spud' with her fierce desire to succeed now that her brothers are away fighting.
I loved this book. Not only is the story captivating, but it also provides glimpses at a little known part of Australia's wartime effort. Pennies for Hitler is shortlisted in this year's Children's Book Council of Australia awards.
Category: Junior Fiction
Who'll want to read it? Perfect for 12-15 year olds.
Publisher: Harper Collins 2012
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