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Saving Hanno: A Refugee Boy and His Dog


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 128 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 14/01/2021 ISBN: 9781913074685

Saving Hanno: A Refugee Boy and His Dog

Miriam Halahmy, illus by Karin Littlewood

Otter-Barry Books

The moving story of a young German Jewish boy, sent to England for safety via the Kindertransport, who saves the life of his dog, Hanno, as war looms.

Nine-year-old Rudi has a chance to leave the dangers of Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport to England. However, he cannot bring Hanno, his wonderful dachshund. Luckily, his family finds a way to smuggle Hanno to London. But with England on the brink of war, Hanno is still not safe.

As a German invasion of England becomes imminent, many people decide their pets will suffer as well as drain limited resources, and thousands of animals are put to sleep. Rudi joins a group of children who vow to save their pets and he and his new friends set out on a dangerous adventure. Will Rudi find a safe haven for Hanno? This fast-paced novel, based on real events, is full of courage and excitement.

Includes an Author's Note describing the real-life events behind the story.

Selling Points

  • A fictional story based on historical events in 1938-39;
  • The 'great pet panic', in which around 750,000 household pets were put down, was a real event;
  • A true-to-life account of the experiences of a Jewish boy (and his elder sister) rescued by the Kindertransport scheme;
  • A gripping and entirely believable story;
  • The theme of refugee children remains highly relevant today.