Laura Davies, Youth Worker, Full Circle Education

“I was incredibly moved by the story. Heart wrenching but absolutely beautiful, captivating and such an important story to be told.

Would love to use this in schools with older years but upper KS2 could cope when in the right context I think. I love the format of a comic/graphic novel. It will be on my Christmas list”


Peter in Peril

Helen Bate

A moving graphic novel telling the true story of a young boy caught up in the terror of World War Two.


Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake - until war comes to his city and the whole family have to go into hiding...


This moving, true story of the Second World War, set in Budapest, Hungary, shows in vivid words and pictures how Peter, his cousin Eva and his mum and dad bravely struggle to survive in a city torn apart by warfare.

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Peter in Peril
Peter in Peril
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Peter in Peril

Amnesty selects Peter in Peril for its summer reading list

"At Amnesty, we believe that reading fiction can help develop our empathy and understanding of social justice. There's nothing better than a powerful story to make us think about what it might be like to be someone else. Our lists of top summer reads have been carefully selected to help nurture young readers' sense of individual freedom and self-expression. We hope these books will inspire children to take pride in the ways they are different and special, and help give them the confidence to stand up for themselves and others."

Michael Rosen on Peter in Peril

"I recommend."

IBBY Reviews Peter in Peril

This book, which establishes ‘the right to life and to live in freedom and safety’ could not be more pertinent for the current political climate, not only here in the UK, but also further afield. 

Books for Keeps gives Peter in Peril 5 stars

"An engrossing true story … superbly told in graphic format. Words and pictures are skilfully combined and from the start of this first person narrative , young readers will identify with Peter."

Guardian review of Peter in Peril & Pattan's Pumpkin

Pattan's Pumpkin and Peter in Peril are chosen by children’s author Sita Brahmachari as sustaining stories that will help young people find hope and strength in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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New in PB! : £6.99

250 x 180mm

48 pages : Age 8+

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