Deborah Hopkinson

Award Winning Author of Fiction & Nonfiction for Children & Teens

Courage & Defiance

Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and
Survivors in World War II Denmark

Courage & Defiance

What is this book about?

The remark­able sto­ry of the Dan­ish resis­tance and res­cue of over 7,000 Jews dur­ing WWII.

When the Nazis invad­ed Den­mark on Tues­day, April 9, 1940, the peo­ple of this tiny coun­try to the north of Ger­many awoke to a dev­as­tat­ing sur­prise. The gov­ern­ment of Den­mark sur­ren­dered qui­et­ly, and the Danes were ordered to go about their dai­ly lives as if noth­ing had changed. But every­thing had changed. These are the sto­ries of the hero­ic young men and women who would not stand by as their coun­try was occu­pied by a dan­ger­ous ene­my. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, pass­ing tac­ti­cal infor­ma­tion to the British; some were sabo­teurs, who aimed to ham­per and impede Nazi oper­a­tions in Den­mark; and 95% of the Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion of Den­mark were sur­vivors, res­cued by their fel­low coun­try­men, who had the courage and con­science that drove them to act. With her tal­ent for dig­ging deep in her research and weav­ing real voic­es into her nar­ra­tives, Hop­kin­son reveals the thrilling truth behind one of WWI­I’s most dar­ing resis­tance movements.

Awards and Accolades

  • Cybils Award finalist
  • NCTE Orbis Pic­tus Rec­om­mend­ed Book
  • Syd­ney Tay­lor Notable Book


“With numer­ous pic­tures and illus­tra­tions accom­pa­ny­ing the text, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing look at a lit­tle-known cor­ner of WWII.” (Pub­lish­ers Week­ly)

“[A] spir­it­ed, inspir­ing, and extreme­ly well-researched book… ide­al for both class­room use and inde­pen­dent read­ing.” (Book­list)

Courage & Defiance

author, Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son
Scholas­tic Press
ages 8 to adult, 2015
ISBN 978–0545592208

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