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The Boy Who Didn't Want to Die

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The Boy Who Didn't Want to Die
Authors and Contributors      By (author) PETER LANTOS
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Category/GenreRecommended Titles
March 2023
ISBN/Barcode 9781761299643
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Scholastic Australia
Imprint Scholastic Australia
NZ Release Date 1 March 2023
Publication Country Australia


The Boy Who Didn't Want to Die describes an extraordinary journey, made by Peter, a boy of five, through war-torn Europe in 1944 and 1945. Peter and his parents set out from a small Hungarian town, travelling through Austria and then Germany together. Along the way, unforgettable images of adventure flash one after another, catching butterflies in the meadows - and as Peter realises that this adventure is really a nightmare - watching bombs falling from the blue sky outside Vienna, learning maths from his mother in Belsen. All this is drawn against a background of terror, starvations, infection, and inevitable, death, before Peter and his mother can return home.