Summer of My German Soldier Author:Bette Greene When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, 12-year-old Patty Bergen learns what it means to open her heart. Although she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi--but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own, who understands and ... more »appreciates her in a way her parents never will. And Patty is willing to risk losing family, friends--even her freedom--for what has quickly become the most important part of her life. Thoughtful, moving, and hard-hitting, Summer of My German Soldier has become a modern classic.« less
12 YEAR OLD JEWISH GIRL PATTY WAS NOT LOVED BY HER PARENTS, WHEN A GERMAN PRISONER OF WAR ESCAPED SHE HELPED HIM, IN ANTON SHE FOUND SOMEONE THAT APPRECIATED HER IN A WAY HER PARENTS NEVER DID. PATTY RISKS LOOSING HER FAMILY, FRIENDS AND EVEN HER FREEDOM FOR THIS FRIENDSHIP, IT IS A RISK SHE HAS TO TAKE AND ONE SHE WILL PAY A HIGH PRICE TO KEEP. (from the backcover). THIS IS ONE OF THESE BOOKS YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER.
Beautifully told story of a 12 year old girl's tenuous friendship with a 20 year old German POW in the American midwest. Patty Bergen is one of the best heroines in young adult literature. Despite all the anti-Nazi propaganda around her, Patty slowly realizes that not all Germans were Nazis and that her new friend, Anton, might not be the bogeyman everyone thinks he is. Highly recommended.
I must say that I didn't not like this book at all. It was slow and boring. I never even saw a point in it. Maybe it was the fact that they made us read it in seventh grade, and I didn't really understand it as well. I'd say if you're going to read this book, at least make sure you're an adult.