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It′s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils′ heads to see which of them have the most ′Aryan′- shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive.

Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too.



Comments on: "Pennies for Hitler" (5)

  1. This novel follows the life of Georg, a young German boy during the WWII period. It is a bit gruesome in the beginning so I would recommend this for 12+. It is written by Jackie French, who has a range of other amazing books just like this one. It may be hard to understand if you are younger but to many it is an accurate description of life and the discrimination in Germany WWII. Georg is living with his German Mother and his English academic Father. Georg’s father is cruelly killed, forcing Georg to travel the risky trip to England. I think this books gives a very accurate perspective on what happened during WWII and especially what it was like for a young child. I would recommend this for anyone who has read a Jackie French novel and enjoyed it.


  2. Emily said:

    I love how the book follows the life of a German kid in war, but not portraying them as little monsters but show how innocent and clueless they really were. It shows that most of the Germans were just like us, fighting for what they thought was right and even if it was wrong they all had families and ones they loved too. Every other WW2 book I’ve read sort of portrays Germans as evil demons that were all fighting for world control. It was interesting to show what they also went through and their stories of trying to protect their families. This book is good for anyone who loves history or just a good read. I give it a 9/10


  3. Emily said:

    I read this book recently and thought it was amazing. I would recommend this book for 10 year olds and up. I love how it followed a young boy, during world war 2. As Georg moves around the globe he is confused about who the enemy is and who he is. Every time he is moved he struggles to hold on to who he is and what he is. It is a strong and meaningful book about what life was like for Jews during World War II. I give this book a 9/10.


  4. Tahlia said:

    I read this book last year and i thought it was a fantastic book I would recommend this book for year 5’s and up because younger kids wouldn’t understand about what is going on. This is another book that I want to read cover to cover because it makes you want to keep reading! This book would have to be in my top 5 because it is so interesting about what they did to people back then and to now see how it has changed. I would rate this book a 10/10 because it is a book i would pick up and not stop reading until it is done!!!!


  5. This is a remarkable story set in World War II. Young Georg is the son of an English academic living in Germany his life is full of cakes and cream until one day at the university there is an outburst by the students and Georg’s father is taken away. This forces Georg to travel illegally to England without his mother fearing for his safety remaining in Germany. Living in England is tough his aunt doesn’t seem to know how to look after him and he is usually left to his own company when she leaves for work. When the threat of bombs hit England Georg is shipped to Australia with many other children. Where he is left to a foster home. The ending is great and this is definitely a great book for some history incorporated with drama and a little bit of a tear jerker. I give this book a 9-10!


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