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Hitler's Canary

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Based on a true story, this is a gripping, yet humorous account of a daring rescue in occupied Denmark.

April 1940: German troops are pouring onto the streets of Denmark. 12-year-old Bamse and his daring friend Anton can’t resist playing practical jokes on the invading soldiers. When it becomes clear to the people of Denmark that the trouble isn’t going to pass them by, the
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Doubleday UK (first published 2005)
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May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
3.5 stars; higher for children as readers.
The one condition necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
- Edmund Burke
That's the quote with which the book begins. Very well-written, about the Danish resistance to the German occupation (1940-1945), the book is almost completely based upon facts from memories of the author's father, about all the ways in which his family (along with others in Denmark) did to save the lives of several Jews in their country in late 1943.

Simple writ
Eugenia Tong
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good, how it was like an act at the start I loved. I feel remorse that Thomas had to die, out of 8000 danish jews who made it to safety. Only a couple hundred danish jews died in the camps.
Stephanie Wood
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Sandi's writing style and she has opened my eyes to an unknown side of a very well-known historical period.
Strangely, I had never heard of this book until a member of our book club suggested to read it for this month's meeting. It's strange because I am a huge fan of Sandi Toksvig and religiously listen to her weekly "News Quiz" on BBC radio as well as watch her on TV for numberous news and stand-up comedy shows. I should know that she is written not that this one but other books, too. She is brilliant, smart, witty and....

(half) Danish.

Which is the other reason why it's strange that I'd never hear
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was killing time at the library supervising a kid when this young adult book caught my eye. This book has a similar theme to Lois Lowry's teen book, Number the Stars, about the Nazi occupation in Denmark. This book is a bit different in that it is able to be slightly comical yet get across important messages about the Holocaust, which isn't an easy feat. It focuses on 2 young male friends, one of which is Jewish. The main boy's family helps with the Danish resistance--they ultimately hide and ...more
Ayala Levinger
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book with my 10 years old child. There is not so much known and told about the danish resistance and their actions to save the jews (there weren't many jews in Denemark but even so less that 2% were killed, to compare to 75% of the dutch jews...) and with this book I myself came to learn some things.
It is a nice book for 10-12 years old. even very funny sometimes and not too horrible (because war is).
one thing bothers me though, it was clear the writer aimed that we conclude that T
Apr 23, 2015 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Anna Kļaviņa

Bamse Swedish style!

Description: "My brother stood up so quickly he almost knocked Mama over. 'Why aren't you doing something? Do you know what the British are calling us? Hitler's canary! I've heard it on the radio, on the BBC. They say he has us in a cage and we just sit and sing any tune he wants.'"

Bamse's family are theater people. They don't get involved in politics. "it had nothing to do with us," Bamse tells us. Yet now he must decide: should he take his father's advice and not stir up t
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with Denmark right now. In love. And proud to be Danish. This book was a pleasure to read. It was about WWII which I have a thing for reading about, but it was different than any other Nazi book I've read because this was about the Danish resistance. Absolutely amazing stuff. The little boy Bamse, the main character, was so loveable and believable and wonderful and his family was quirky and weird and loveable, too. His mom was an incredibly dramatic actress who lived her entire life ...more
Alex Baugh
It's April 1940 and suddenly the sunny blue sky over Copenhagen, Denmark is dark with airplanes. The German Luftwaffe is dropping leaflets telling the Danes that the Germans have come to protect them from the evil British and French.

At first, life doesn't change much for Bamse, the 10 year old son of a famous stage actress and a set designer/painter father, or for his best friend Anton, also 10 and Jewish. They keep their heads down and try to stay out of trouble.

But Bamse begins to notice his
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible story about doing what’s right and standing up for people who are being persecuted. Set in WW2 Denmark, centres around a complicated family, each trying to do their bit to fight against the Germans. You meet amazing Orlando, the young, spirited boy who wants to fight the resistance most; Mama, an incredible actress who radiates laughter and warmth; Papa, the realist of the household, an artist who uses his artistic expression greatly and Bamse, the main character. Bamse is young an ...more
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Danish/British writer, presenter, comedian, actress and producer on British radio and television. She currently presents The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4. In October 2012 she succeeded Sheila Hancock as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.
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