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The Edelweiss Pirates

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The Edelweiss Pirates
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Dirk Reinhardt
Introduction by Michael Rosen
Translated by Rachel Ward
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 198,Width 129
Category/GenreNovember Teen Books
November Teen - Fiction
ISBN/Barcode 9781782693093
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Pushkin Children's Books
Imprint Pushkin Children's Books
Publication Date 26 August 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom


When sixteen-year-old Daniel befriends Josef Gerlach, he has a feeling the old man is keeping something from him, and sure enough when Josef gives him his teenage diary to read Daniel discovers a shocking story of rebellion and struggle. It tells how Gerlach left the Hitler Youth at the age of 14 and instead joined a gang called the Edelweiss Pirates. Their uniform: long hair and cool clothes. Their motto: freedom! At first the Edelweiss Pirates are only interested in hanging out and having a good time, but as the situation in Nazi germany gets worse, they start to plan dangerous missions against Hitler's regime. The deeper Daniel dives into this past world, the more closely he feels connected to Gerlach, until he realises what the Edelweiss Pirates have to do with him and his own story.

Author Biography

Dirk Reinhardt, born in 1963, studied German and history before becoming a freelance journalist and starting to write books for children and young adults. The Edelweiss Pirates is his third novel.


'A powerful, moving and important story', Michael Rosen 'An unknown story we should all know, about the triumph of courage and the human spirit.' Michael Morpurgo