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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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Simply exceptional

Best book I have read (or perhaps I should say listened to) in a long time, filled with humour, morality, and honesty. A story of Danish resistance I hadn't heard before. Everyone should give this book a read.
I will certainly be recommending this book to my students at school where I teach History

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An incredible tale of a nation’s bravery

I’m a little ashamed to say I knew nothing of Denmark’s World War Two history, but this fascinating and deeply moving story of how Sandi’s family took part in the resistance taught me so much, the Danish people were remarkably brave in the way they mobilised to save as much of their Jewish population as humanly possible from transportation to the Concentration camps in Germany.

Sandi reads her story beautifully and I loved every minute of it, even when I was sobbing my heart out.

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fabulous story with lessons we all should remember

I picked this after my daughter read it at school, it is a wonderful tale based on true life events but fictionalised. The characters are easy to imagine and so full of life, and despite the obvious sad nature of much of the war time, it is an uplifting story of those who did the right thing. I love that it is narrated by the author, gives it authenticity. Very enjoyable. Mostly happy ending.

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Excellent story

This audio book is really easy to listen to. I wasn't aware of Denmarks role in World war two prior to this. I will keep an eye out for other stories and information on this subject.

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A story about Denmark in WWII.

As someone who is currently living in Denmark the story came alive for me because of my knowledge of places mentioned in the book.
I enjoy all of Sandi’s books and this one was very interesting. I knew about the Danish resistance helping the Jews escape from Denmark.
It’s a story suitable for children too.

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Fascinating story - excellent historical detail

Loved it. Beautifully written and narrated by Sandi. It tells such a wonderfully detailed story of Danish life during the Second World War and the extraordinary bravery of Danish people in the face of Nazi occupation. Still so relevant today.....acceptance of everyone whatever colour, religion, sexuality....

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Gripping storyline and well read

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