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Summer of My German Soldier
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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780141306360
ISBN-10: 014130636X
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Pages: 230
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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A prize winning book for Teens which makes good reading for adults, too. Good study into what actually makes up bias, patriotism, and learning to understand.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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