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128 pages

Pub Date

Jan 14, 2021



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

"Miriam Halahmy draws on real events for a short chapter book set in the months before World War II. The story follows a 9-year-old German-Jewish boy, Rudi, who’s separated from his parents and his beloved dachshund, Hanno, when he and his sister are sent on a humanitarian Kindertransport to London. Ensconced with English-speaking foster parents in a strange new culture, Rudi is thrilled when Hanno can join him after a stint in quarantine. But soon there are new threats. Not only does German bombing mean that Rudi is to be displaced again, to the countryside, but Hanno is now at risk from a government campaign to euthanise pets, lest food run short and, in the chaos of war, the animals run wild. "

Wall Street Journal

"With empathetic illustrations by Karin Littlewood, this is a holocaust story with a difference...and it's one that primary school age readers will certainly relate to. Many primary schools include WW2 as part of their history curriculum and while there are many stories about that terrible time, I would definitely advocate adding this one to the books to be shared."

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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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