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It's April 1940 and German troops are pouring onto the streets of Denmark. 12-year-old Bamse is ordered by his father to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But Bamse and his daring friend Anton can't resist playing the occasional practical joke on the invading soldiers. When it becomes clear that the trouble isn't just going to pass them by, the people of Denmark decide to take action and Bamse and his eccentric family are about to take part in one of history's most dramatic rescues - smuggling Denmark's Jewish population, across the water to Sweden and safety.

Many of the characters are based on Sandi's own family, including her father, Bamse, and the book was inspired by the stories her told to her.

©2005 Sandi Toksvig (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful

What a wonderful book, so beautifully written and superbly narrated by the author herself. Maybe this story was aimed at the children’s market but as a nearly 70 year old grandmother I loved it. It was recommended to me by my daughter who had listened to it with her children and husband as a family.

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Beautiful story - based on family life

There is so much more that happened in the war that we don’t know about. This is a wonderful insight to how life was in Denmark. To hear it from the perspective of a young boy made it possible to touch on subjects in a warm innocent way which allows your imagination to take you completely into his world. Loved it!

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Excellent story!

Very special semi - fictionalised account of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. A pleasure to be read by the author. Exciting, humorous, informative and touching.

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Gripping storyline and well read

Enjoyed every second of this book, a blend of fact and fiction. Highly recommend it.

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Fascinating

Very well narrated and so difficult to turn off. I shall search for my next book by Sandi. She is brilliant!

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Exquisite

This story is real, informative and moving. it is realistic and vividly conveys the overpowering senses of fear, uncertainty and determination to fight of normal people on both sides of the struggle. it is very suitable for older children to learn about WWII without getting nightmares or anxiety as a result. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

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What a fantastic story. Loved it.

This was both educational and fantastic to listen to.. I’ve passed to my teenage daughter to read.. it would make a great movie I’m sure.