BLOG TOUR: Courage & Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson


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.


Deborah Hopkinson has once again chosen a fascinating topic to present to young readers.  Much of the focus in literature on World War II is on the official war, the soldiers and combat, but there were many others who left their mark in seemingly smaller ways that proved to be just as important.  In this book we read about those like Niels Skov, Jorgen Kieler, and Tommy Sneum who fought for their country in less official ways through sabotage and spying.  Hopkinson does a really nice job of presenting the different perspectives and experiences of those involved in fighting the Germans in Denmark both the official (like the British SOE) and unofficial (Niels Skov).  I think one of the most fascinating aspects of the Danish role in World War II was the efforts to save the Jews and the number of people who risked themselves to do it.  Those who enjoyed Hopkinson's Titanic are bound to enjoy this one as well.

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