"Jackie French's research and subsequent feeling for the era is suberb (the descriptions of wartime Australia alone are fascinating). This is historical fiction at its best and thoroughly recommended for upper primary children and beyond." - Australian Bookseller and Publisher (5 stars)
"This striking fiction for school-age readers gives an unflinching view of war and a close-up human perspective on asylum seekers." - The Saturday Age
"Evocatively written, Pennies is a gentle gem." - Sydney Morning Herald
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.
The companion piece to Hitler's Daughter, Pennies for Hitler examines the life of a child during World War II, from a different perspective.
About the Author
Jackie French Koller' is an American author of picture books, chapter books, and novels for children and young adults. She lives and writes in Western Massachusetts.
Koller is also an accomplished painter. Her interest in art inspired her to open The Little Black Dog Gallery in Westfield, Massachusetts. Koller's young-adult novel If I Had One Wish was adapted into a Disney Channel Original Movie under the title You Wish!.
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st March 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.5