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In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Puffin Books (first published 1992)
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Emily
May 07, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Age 12 and up...or mature younger readers
Summary (CIP): In 1942, a group of young men begin a seies of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.

Review:
When thinking about war sometimes the details are hard to imagine. This book gives the reader insight into living in occupied Denmark during WWII, and how it affected the daily lives of its inhabitants especially a group of frustrated young men. This group is determined to do something, but exactly what becomes a subject of debate. Their divers
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Andrew
Jun 07, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by the true actions of the Churchill Club, a group of Danish boys who were active early in resisting the occupation of Denmark by Nazi Germany, this book tells the story of a similar group of teens who want to stand up to the German occupiers. Initially, their activities are largely limited to acts of vandalism, stealing license plates, defacing propaganda posters, and such. However, after acquiring a weapon, they must decide how far they are willing to go to fight the Germans and what ...more
Max A
Oct 01, 2009 Max A rated it really liked it
The Boys from St. Petri, by Bjarne Reuter,
Puffin, Copyright date: 1991, 215 pgs, $14.99,
ISBN: 0-525-45121-8,
Young Adult recommended for ages 12-14,
Four out of five stars (five being the highest).
By Max Albert


The Boys from St. Petri is a stunning story of a hard-as-nails group of young men and their efforts to protest against the Germans who invaded their homeland. The author did a magnificent job of telling the journey of these brave young fighters, leaving you with suspense at the turn of e
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Faisal
Oct 03, 2012 Faisal rated it liked it
This book wasn’t intense at all at the beginning. That i reached a point in the book were i thought of abandoning the book. But then the main character joined a group in a town in Denmark named St. Petri. The group’s goal was to make the Germans that were occupying their country to leave and never come back. First the group did simple things like stealing number plates and German soldier’s helmet. But then they took it to a higher level by increasing the action. For example, they started to stea ...more
Rose
Apr 09, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok
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John
Oct 30, 2009 John rated it did not like it
The book jumped around between reality and Lar's daydreams without really giving you a clear transition, so you aren't always sure what's going on without rereading super carefully.

Lar's even drifts off into daydreams during their little "operations". Moron. Most of his daydreams involve his brother Gunnar and his "beautiful angel wings". Almost made me puke.

Halfway through the book, they also decide to just randomly throw in another character. I think his name was Alex, or something. But he sud
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Julian
Oct 25, 2014 Julian rated it it was ok
This was a school assignment.
Kristy
Apr 01, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
This Batchelder winner was an interesting take on the Resistance movement in Denmark in WWII. Two brothers are part of a gang of teen boys that initially play pranks on the occupying Germans. When a unpredictable loner, Otto joins the group, they step up their efforts. Romance, school and church are the backdrops that fall away as their mission becomes more important and all encompassing.
Nadera
Jan 02, 2014 Nadera rated it it was amazing
A very wonderful, action packed book with a hint at romance. The ending killed me, I almost cried. Definitely recommend this.
Daniel Barfield
Nov 24, 2008 Daniel Barfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: i would reccomend his book
This exciting book starts in the streets of Denmark during the World War 2, when Denmark is unde the control of the Germans. The book is very good and i loves it.
Josefine Amalie Petersen
May 19, 2013 Josefine Amalie Petersen rated it it was amazing
My english is not good enough to describe my love for this book. This is definitely my new favorite book. The ending is so beautiful!
Mary
Jan 19, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book - it was too slow-paced. I got about halfway through before moving on to something else.
louisa
Nov 22, 2009 louisa added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Batchelder winner from Denmark. An interesting contrast to American works like Frankie Landau-Banks.
Lind0463
Aug 02, 2011 Lind0463 rated it liked it
synes den er lidt tung at komme igang med - men det betaler sig at holde ud
Anna
Jul 09, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5
Jason
Sep 21, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
If you like WWII you will like this book
Steffen Zeiner
Mar 24, 2010 Steffen Zeiner rated it liked it
In your face, Scavenius..
Emma Risgaard larsen
It was very boring!!!!
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Bjarne Reuter, born 1950 in Brønshøj, a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark and the setting of many of his books.
His first book was published in 1975, the same year he graduated from teacher’s college.
In 1980, Bjarne Reuter left teaching to devote full time to writing.
He is the author of some 60 books for children and young adults (see complete bibliography).
He has written several novels for adults as w
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