Although I have enjoyed a number of Jackie French books over the years, I haven't thought of her writing as being particularly elegant or sparkling. I usually consider her writing to be more prosaic and deliberate than beautiful.
She writes marvelous historical fiction for children, but there are times when you can see her formula at work.
However, Pennies for Hitler has proven to be a cut above the rest so far.
The story of young Georg fleeing Germany alone, in fear of his life just as WW2 is about to start, is engrossing and at times, almost poetic.
I give you pg 110 "Crashes shook the air - different crashes now, not the dull roar of bombs but long slow crumbles as buildings stopped trying to stand up."
and pg 147 "and that too high, too blue sky was new as well. A tiny cloud was creeping into it now, looking timid against all that blue."
pg 252 "The war dragged on, dragging the year with it".
Pennies for Hitler is a fine example of Jackie French at her best.
This is not a sequel to Hitler's Daughter. The only link is WW2 and the themes of identity, war and loss.