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Drengene Fra Sankt Petri

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.
172 pages
Published 1992 by Gyldendal
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Emily
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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
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Josefine Amalie Petersen
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!
Max A
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diane
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Lars wants to be a member of the group ... not only because his much idolized brother, Gunnar, is the leader, but because the group is taking a stand against the Nazis ... showing that not everyone in Denmark is going to sit idly by during the occupation. So when Lars finds the German Luger, he feels he can really make a contribution. But with the Luger comes Otto and Otto means business. His first official act for the group is burning down a building. As the group gets more serious, however, ...more
John Ramwood
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Nogle gange møder en bog og læseren hinanden på det helt rigtige tidspunkt og magi opstår. Jeg er blæst bagover af denne bog, som jeg indtil nu kun har haft et indirekte forhold til, idet filmatiseringen altid har haft en særlig plads i min mindebank.

En sjælden smuk melankoni præger denne bog, men på ingen påtaget denne-bog-skal-være-melankolsk facon. Jeg har sukket og levet med historien - skønt!

Historien opleves på mest fascinerende vis igennem vores hovedperson Lars. Hans eftertænksomhed,
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Byurakn
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was pretty much the worst piece of Danish literature I have ever read. Set during WWII, it tells a story of some teenage boys acting against the German occupation. First of all, some of the characters were quite redundant and I was having hard times understanding what their function was. Then, it was written in quite a messy way that it was difficult to follow (especially the first half). Finally, it was extremely masculine and as a female reader I could not relate to any of the characters. ...more
Julie
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I read this book the first time when I was in Middle school, it was probably the first book from school that I just loved! I reread it a few years ago and I still really like it.
It have great characters and it gives a good view of the time and culture in Denmark doing ww2.
To this day it is still my favorite book about resistance groups.
Rebecca
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't like the writing style, and found this book very confusing. It got a bit better in the end which is why I gave it three stars.
Melanie Muntz
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
it was pretty confusing
Liana Ohana
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: have-to-read
the start was a bit boring but the end was really good
Tekla Svane
I really didn’t like this book, I think it was very boring and it might be one of my least favorite books
Majasadon
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I guess that it was fine. The book was really boring in the start, but it made progress. So that must be 3 stars from me.
Andrew
Jun 01, 2015 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
Sara
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
'The boys from Sankt Petri' is a YA book back from when such a thing was simply called youth literature. It is a classic of the genre in Denmark.

The story takes place in Denmark of 1942, during the german occupation. Some young men have formed a resistance group whose brand of sabotage is small pranks (stealing license plates and the likes). When the group admit a new member, Otto, things take a more serious turn. Because Otto's brand of sabotage has more to do with machine guns and bombs...

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Faisal
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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John
Oct 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristy
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Emma Risgaard larsen
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
It was very boring!!!!
Daniel Barfield
Nov 24, 2008 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.
Mary
I just couldn't get into this book - it was too slow-paced. I got about halfway through before moving on to something else.
Steffen Zeiner
In your face, Scavenius..
Anna
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5
Julian
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a school assignment.
Lind0463
synes den er lidt tung at komme igang med - men det betaler sig at holde ud
Nadera
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very wonderful, action packed book with a hint at romance. The ending killed me, I almost cried. Definitely recommend this.
louisa
Nov 22, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Batchelder winner from Denmark. An interesting contrast to American works like Frankie Landau-Banks.
Jason
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like WWII you will like this book
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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
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