Katipo Joe: Blitzkrieg

Author(s): Brian Falkner

NZ Teen Fiction | Teen Fiction

Young Joe is living in pre-WWII Berlin, with his British father and NZ mother, attending school and witnessing the excitement of his friends who are enthusiastically joining the Hitler Youth Movement. Joe feels uncomfortable with the growing mistreatment of local Jews, and after the arrest of his father as a spy, he is forced to escape from Berlin with his mother. Joe is separated from his mother and evacuated to New Zealand, and, while war looms in Europe, he is frustrated by his distance from the action, and his inability to do anything about finding his father. After a harrowing route back to Europe, Joe attempts to infiltrate the Hitler Youth movement in Germany while at the same time searching for his mother and father in wartime Berlin.

Kathleen's review - This journey from a naive boy in Nazi Germany (prior to the War) to a spy with a mission in occupied France also takes us to the Blitz in London by way of a downed ship. Joe escaped Germany with his mother, who then sent him back to NZ, but he ran away and headed back to England. There he discovers danger and intrigue and is eventually set onto his future path.


Great historical setting, and a fascinating story full of adventure.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781775436447
  • : Scholastic New Zealand Limited
  • : Scholastic New Zealand
  • : February 2020
  • : books

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  • : Brian Falkner
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  • : Paperback