Honey Cake

Honey Cake

by Joan Stuchner
  • courage-self-esteem
  • diversity
  • early-chapter-books
  • fiction
  • from-british-columbia
In late September 1943, the Danish authorities learned that the Germans were about to deport the Jews of Denmark to concentration camps. Very quickly, the Danish people arranged a fleet of fishing boats which carried nearly all the Jews to Sweden. Joan Betty Stuchner brings this historical event to life through the eyes of David Nathan, whose family is rescued by his courageous Christian friend Else Jensen and her family. This is a tale of friendship, honour and bravery, when all Danes dreamed of only one thing—the sweet taste of freedom.


Joan Stuchner, author

Joan Betty Stuchner has published four books for young people and lived in Vancouver.

Cynthia Nugent, illustrator

Cynthia Nugent, one of Canada’s most accomplished illustrators, has written and illustrated many books for young people.


  • How does one stand against tyranny? What’s the true nature of bravery? Big questions for an early-reader chapter book, but Joan Betty Stuchner handles them with grace and honesty. - Quill & Quire Link to review
  • While more happens to David than could possibly happen to one ten-year-old boy, his tale conveys a wealth of historical detail, from the famed horseback-riding King Christian to Victor Borge’s humor. A fine offering for readers not quite ready for Number the Stars. - Kirkus Reviews Link to review


  • Nominated, 2010-2011 Triple Crown Award
  • Winner, 2009 Chocolate Lily Award

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Tradewind Books

email: tradewindbooks@gmail.com

website: www.tradewindbooks.com

rights sold: USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 6 - 9

number of pages: 88

publication date: 12/02/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book