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Jan 14, 2021

Pub Date



Age 7+

Saving Hanno

A Refugee Boy and His Dog

By Miriam Halahmy
Illustrated by Karin Littlewood

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.

Rudi is nine. His own country is no longer safe for Jewish children and he is being sent from Germany to England on the Kindertransport train. But he can't take his beloved little dog, Hanno. By a lucky chance Hanno is smuggled into England and helps Rudi to cope with life in a strange country. But as World War 2 looms, there is a chilling new threat to Hanno. How can Rudi and his new friends save their pets?

Inspired by the real events of the Kindertransport and the refugee children who came to Britain just before war was declared.


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“Saving Hanno is about loss and hope. It tells a beautiful story, sadly still so relevant today, about how refugee children experience loss and grieve for the lives they left behind.”

Alf Dubs - Kindertransport survivor and lifelong campaigner for refugees

Saving Hanno Teachers' Notes


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Miriam Halahmy


Miriam Halahmy was a teacher and special needs educator for 25 years. She writes fiction for children and teens and her acclaimed books, which are inspired by contemporary and historic issues and events, include Hidden and The Emergency Zoo. She is a frequent speaker in schools, colleges and at book festivals. She lives in north London.

Karin Littlewood

Author and Illustrator

Karin Littlewood has illustrated over forty children’s books, and her work has been nominated three times for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She regularly gives illustration workshops at festivals, schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK. Her books include the classic picture book The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman, which was chosen as one of the top fifty titles celebrating cultural diversity; Moonshadow, with Gillian Lobel; When Dad Was Away, with Liz Weir and Star Girl, which she wrote and illustrated. Karin lives in North London.


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