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The dramatic story of neighbors in a small Danish fishing village who, during the Holocaust, shelter a Jewish family waiting to be ferried to safety in Sweden

Nazi-occupied Denmark, 1943. Anett and her parents are hiding a Jewish woman and her son, Carl, in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the sound to neutral Sweden. The soldiers patrolling their street are growing suspicious, so Carl and his mother must make their way to the harbor despite a cloudy sky with no moon to guide them. Worried about their safety, Anett devises a clever and unusual plan for their safe passage to the harbor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The setting is a Danish fishing village, but one of the book’s charms is how little context you need to understand it…[The Whispering Town] feels appropriate for reading to very young children as an introduction to the subject of the Holocaust.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An unusual and strong addition to Holocaust literature.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Urgent and refreshingly unsentimental.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The direct simplicity of the story’s telling serves well as an introduction for younger children to the Holocaust. This uncomplicated narrative of Danish resistance will facilitate teaching and discussion of a difficult yet necessary subject.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This short work, based on a true story, is superbly recounted by narrator Elizabeth Cottle…Cottle deftly captures Anett’s determination as she obtains food and library books for the refugees. She also conveys Carl’s fear and hope as well as the threatening aggression of the Nazis. Sound effects of plates and cutlery, squeaky doors, and animals convey a sense of place. A neighborhood effort to spirit away the pair to Sweden provides a hopeful conclusion while still giving young listeners a picture of the horror of war.”


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About the Author

Jennifer Elvgren, a former journalist, finds her story ideas in real life, present and past. Her fiction has appeared in Highlights for Children, Spider, and Ladybug magazines. Her books include Josias, Hold the Book, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year selection. Elvgren lives in Albemarle County, Virginia, with her husband, three children, Caspian the border collie, Copperfield the foxhound, and Goodnight Moon the American quarter horse.