Sunday, July 26, 2015
Book Review - Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark
About the Book
Critically acclaimed Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings to bold life the remarkable story of the Danish resistance and rescue of over 7,000 Jews during WWII.
When the Nazis invaded Denmark on Tuesday, April 9, 1940, the people of this tiny country to the north of Germany awoke to a devastating surprise. The government of Denmark surrendered quietly, and the Danes were ordered to go about their daily lives as if nothing had changed. But everything had changed.
Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs, who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95% of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen, who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act.
With her talent for digging deep in her research and weaving real voices into her narratives, Hopkinson reveals the thrilling truth behind one of WWII's most daring resistance movements.
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson is the acclaimed author of over forty award-winning books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and Dear America: Hear My Sorrow. Her nonfiction books Shutting Out the Sky, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor book; Up Before Daybreak, a Carter G. Woodson Honor Award winner; and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Sibert Honor book, have garnered much acclaim. Deborah lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.
My Take on the Book
WOW! This was an amazing story of courage, ambition and so much more. The author was so detailed in her descriptions and creating an environment that was so tangible for the reader. The book was riveting and somewhat scary. She re-creates the environment with the Nazi's taking control of Denmark and the people having no say. What was most powerful was how the author weaved in the voices of real people, sharing their experiences, and making the story so powerful. You will get lost in this story and before you know it, you will be finishing the last page (it is that compelling of a read!).
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