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.
©2012 Copyright © Jackie French 2012 (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Jackie French's research and subsequent feeling for the era is superb (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 listeners 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)
"This could be a Bryce Courtenay novel"
particularly with the excellent Humphrey Bower narrating. Though, unlike Courtenay, there aren't any big plot twists; it reads like someone's autobiography. Just before starting it, I met someone who had been sent away to boarding school at age 5 and I was obsessing with how this must have felt (and I remembered reading in Ted Turner's autobiography that he went away at4(?). Pennies gives a believable glimpse of a world far away from parents as seen by a child.
"LONG WINDED IN PLACES"
Humphrey Bower? - Absolutely!!
Jackie French? - possibly not
Cut out the long winded explanations.
No question about the best narrator on the planet. He doesn't get paid enough.
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