A story about friendship, honor, and bravery—now in paperback.
For David Nathan, Copenhagen is the most beautiful city in the world. Even Nazis in the street can’t make Copenhagen ugly. But life has changed since the soldiers arrived. His parents are always worried. And his older sister
goes to school early and comes home late. Sometimes she doesn’t come home at all! David’s father is a baker, and since the war began, butter and cream are very hard to find. So David is amazed when his father makes a “special order” of cream-filled chocolate éclairs. But when no one comes to pick up the éclairs, David is asked to run a very special errand. It’s an errand that will change his life . . . forever.
Joan Betty Stuckner’s early chapter book brings an important time period to light in a way that is thrilling, inspirational, and age-appropriate for Stepping Stone readers.
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Joan Betty Stuchner has performed as a storyteller live and on television, and acted in community theater. She teaches part-time at a Jewish school and works in the library at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Cynthia Nugent is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator. To research Honey Cake, she traveled to Copenhagen. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In this Holocaust rescue story where the camps remain a distant but scary threat, a young Jewish boy in Copenhagen tells of the Nazi invasion of Denmark, the widespread resistance among ordinary citizens, and how, after three years of occupation, the Danes help many Jews escape the roundups. Ten-year-old David knows that the grown-ups around him have secrets and that his sister is part of the resistance. Then David himself becomes involved; he’s drawn into tricking the soldiers and delivering an important message that helps the resistance derail a German supply train. Black-and-white illustrations throughout break up the text of this chapter book, which can serve as an introduction to the grim history. Older children may want to go on to Ellen Levine’s Darkness over Denmark (2000), as well as accounts about people who did not escape. The afterword focuses on the Danish government’s rescue efforts. Grades 3-5. --Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0375851909
Book Description Random House Books for Young R, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110375851909