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The Whispering Town
The Whispering Town

The Whispering Town

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A Finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Award!
A 2015 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Older Readers!
In The Whispering Town it is 1943 in Nazi-occupied Denmark. Anett and her parents are hiding a Jewish woman and her son, Carl, in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the sound to safety in neutral Sweden. With the help of the baker, the librarian, the farmer, and her neighbors, Anett keeps Carl and his mother safe even as Nazi soldiers search her street for hidden Jews. With the Nazis closing in, and worried about Carl s safety, Anett thinks of a clever and unusual plan to get Carl and his mother safely to the harbor on a cloudy night without the moon to guide them.  Based on a true story.

ISBN: 978-1-4677-1194-4 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-4677-1195-1 (Paperback)

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Author: Jennifer Elvgren
Illustrator: Fabio Santomauro
Ages: 7-11
Grades: 2-5
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 "Based on real events that unfolded in the Danish fishing town of Gilleleje, it's a story that feels urgent and refreshingly unsentimental. Elvgren (Josias, Hold the Book) never stops her reportorial storytelling for a speech about why these brave people are defying the Nazis Annet just knows she has to act. Santomauro, who has a distinctly graphic novel sensibility, uses strong ink lines and a rich neutral palette (save for a few splashes of red) to convey a sense of secrecy, high stakes, and profound moral courage." -- Publisher's Weekly

 "The direct simplicity of the story s telling serves well as an introduction for younger children to the Holocaust. Dark cartoon sketches reminiscent of Tomi Ungerer in opaque black, blues, grays and khaki green markers and word bubbles with the key words of direction paint the ominous atmosphere. This uncomplicated narrative of Danish resistance will facilitate teaching and discussion of a difficult yet necessary subject." -- Kirkus Reviews


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  • 32 Pages
  • 9 1/4 x 11
  • Full-Color Illustrations
  • Based on a True Story
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