Now, it is September, 1943 and David is looking forward to Rosh Hashanah and his mother's special honey cake all month long. The Jewish New Year is always a family celebration shared with Elsa's family. If only he thought his sister might be there, but university studies keep her at school more and more.
Or so David's mother tells him whenever he asks about Rachel. But on their way home from school one afternoon, Elsa tells David her secret - Rachel and Elsa's cousin Arne are in the Resistance, doing whatever they can to sabotage the Nazis.
That very afternoon, when he arrives at his father's bakery, David is asked to deliver 6 éclairs to Arne's house and to make sure all 6 get there. But no sooner does David leave the shop, when he is stopped by two Nazi soldiers who insist on seeing what he has in his bakery box. Seeing the éclairs, each soldier helps himself to one.
Finally, David is able to deliver the remaining four éclairs to Arne, who immediately dips his finger into each, finally pulling out a piece of paper from the last one. All David can make out is the word train. A few days later, David's father tells him that a train has been sabotaged by the Resistance, and David proudly realizes he had actually played a role in that.
And at last Rosh Hashanah arrives. The longed for honey cake has been made, but when David and his father are sitting in the synagogue, the Rabbi announces that the Nazis are planning to round up Denmark's Jews that very night and advises everyone to go home and prepare for their escape.
Well, we know the end of this story because we know that Denmark's citizens did not allow the Nazis to capture most of that nation's Jewish citizens, and so we know that David and his parents escape to Sweden with the help of their friends the Jensens. But, of course, young readers may not know this.
A Time to be Brave is a nice easy reader chapter book that provides a good introduction to what happened in Denmark in World War II. It is the perfect book for a young reader who is not quite ready for Number the Stars.
The writing is simple. never condescending, the story is straightforward and the characters well-drawn. There is nice back matter, too, including a map of Denmark and Sweden, a World War II timeline, explanations of who Victor Borge is (yes, he in mentioned in the novel), the Resistance, King Christian X (an important figure to the Danish people during the war), and a recipe for honey cake (that I may have to try making).
updated content that emphasizes Common Core and renewed interest in nonfiction" even though the story is fiction. It is, however, based on a true story.
This book is recommended for readers age 7+
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