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y separately published work icon Pennies for Hitler single work   children's fiction   children's   historical fiction  
Is part of Hitler Series Jackie French , 1999 series - author children's fiction (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Pennies for Hitler
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'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 2, from a different perspective.' (From the publisher's website.)

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  • A companion novel to Hitler's Daughter.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 2012 .
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      Extent: 327p.
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      • Publication date: 1 June 2012.
      ISBN: 9780732292096 (pbk.), 9780730497219 (ebk.)

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  • Also sound recording.
  • Also large print.

Works about this Work

Discarding the Disclaimer? Reappraising Fiction as a Mode of Biography James Vicars , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 20 no. 1 2016;
'While the biographical novel has created an openness to representing lives in fiction it is usually expected to provide a disclaimer certifying the work’s unreliability despite its potential for truth-telling and rich tools for writers wishing to tell the stories of real people. Even so, more serious attention to the historical novel since Lukács, the impact of the postmodern novel, plus the variety of published works that have adopted fictional strategies to tell lives over the last half century suggest this perspective is shifting. Using Ina Schabert’s seminal work on fictional biography as a scholarly reference point, this paper explores fiction’s biographical capacity, turning to published works and personal writing practice to try to reappraise the potential of fiction as a mode of biography.' (Publication abstract)
History, The Holocaust and Children’s Historical Fiction Hsu-Ming Teo , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'In 2013, the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize was won by Australian novelist Jackie French’s historical novel Pennies for Hitler. French’s young adult novel, Dingo: The dog who conquered a continent, was also one of the three works shortlisted for the prize. No history/literary wars broke out over these historical novels. This article considers why children’s historical fiction is considered ‘good’ (or ‘good enough’) history when so many adult historical novels are not. Beginning with a brief overview of the competing claims about the ‘fictiveness’ of history, this article then uses French’s Pennies for Hitler as well as her novel Hitler’s daughter (1999) as case studies to test what Australian children – French’s main readership – would actually learn about Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and the Second World War from historical fiction. It concludes with a reflection about why the pleasures of childhood reading are denied adults, who are perhaps encouraged to treat history like work instead.' (Publication summary)
Jackie French's Pennies For Hitler Wins Young People Prize at NSW Premier's History Award Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 September 2013; The Canberra Times , 12 September 2013;
Letter From Boy, 14, Inspires French's Prize-Winning Tale About Life in Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 12)
Old Kids on the Block Take Titles Angie Schiavone , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 August 2013; (p. 32) The Age , 17 August 2013; (p. 29) The Canberra Times , 17 August 2013; (p. 20)
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 28)

— Review of Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , 2012 single work children's fiction
Secrets of Identity Suzanne Eggins , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 July 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of Red Libby Gleeson , 2012 single work children's fiction ; Ned Kelly's Secret Sophie Masson , 2012 single work children's fiction ; Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , 2012 single work children's fiction
[Review] Pennies for Hitler Hilary Adams , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 91 no. 8 2012; (p. 18)

— Review of Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , 2012 single work children's fiction
[Review] Pennies for Hitler Lyn Linning , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , July vol. 27 no. 3 2012; (p. 36)

— Review of Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , 2012 single work children's fiction
Deceits Weaved by a Victim of the Reich Jenny Hale , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 30 September 2012; (p. 15) The Sunday Age , 30 September 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , 2012 single work children's fiction
Reality Check for Young Readers Katharine England , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 April 2013; (p. 27)
Milking Echnidnas : A Chat With Jackie French Jenny Gorman , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 28 no. 3 2013; (p. 8-10)
'What a fun opportunity to be given : a chance to interview Jackie French at the recent Sydney Writer's Festival School Day in Penrith. I had only heard her speak once before, to a large school group at Katoomba several years ago. Prior to that, as a children's bookseller I had read several of her books, admired her prolific and consistent output, and vaguely noticed her bobbing up on the like of Burke's Backyard every so often. What I wasn't prepared for, that day in Katoomba, was to be blown away by listening to someone with such an interesting and vigorous mind It was the equivalent of expecting a straightforward motorway trip and instead being treated to n off-road adventure: more challenging and much more memorable.' (Author's introduction)
Old Kids on the Block Take Titles Angie Schiavone , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 August 2013; (p. 32) The Age , 17 August 2013; (p. 29) The Canberra Times , 17 August 2013; (p. 20)
Letter From Boy, 14, Inspires French's Prize-Winning Tale About Life in Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 12)
Jackie French's Pennies For Hitler Wins Young People Prize at NSW Premier's History Award Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 September 2013; The Canberra Times , 12 September 2013;
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