Carlie Smith


Excellent, Intermediate, Phillip Hoose, History, World War II, Underground Movement, Heroes, Denmark

Document Type

Book Review


Knud Pedersen and the nine other schoolboys of the Churchill Club are Danish national heroes. Initially frustrated by their countrymen’s acceptance of the Nazi occupation, they secretly sabotage German war efforts. Winston Churchill and the Royal Air Force are their inspiration. For more than a year they destroy property and steal weapons. The Club is eventually discovered and imprisoned for more than two years. They face this challenge just as bravely and even orchestrate several escape attempts. When they are released, they find that their sacrifices have inspired nationwide resistance that severely hampers the German occupation. The war concludes with an Allied victory, and the Club gets to meet Prime Minister Churchill.