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 book for Hitler's Daughter, Pennies For Hitler examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.
About the Author
Jacqueline Anne Ffrench, ( Lastname spelt double F) is an award-winning Australian author of children's fiction and books on gardening.
Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane, but moved to the bush in her early twenties. She is a keen gardener and appeared on the TV series Burke's Backyard. She has written well over a hundred books. Jackie lives in New South Wales, near the small town of Braidwood at Araluen. She began writing when she was 30, in a desperate attempt to get enough money together to register her car. At the time, she was living in a tin shed with a black snake named Gladys and a wombat named Smudge. A hundred and thirty-two books later, she is still writing. She can rightly be called Australia's most popular children's writer.Jackie also appears regularly on radio and television.
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Comments about Pennies For Hitler:
I used this with an Enrichment Literacy group in Y6 as a focus for a guided inquiry project based on the theme of Heroes and Villains. Jackie French makes the difficult topic of Hitler and WW2 palatable, believable and moving, without freaking the kids out too much; but she doesn't sugar coat it either. Perfect balance. I chose this novel for the interesting and contrasting views of what makes a hero which she presents; and obviously as it presents (for the first time for most kids this age) the most infamous villain of modern history.
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23