Soldier Boys

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Simon Pulse, May 1, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Spencer Morgan And Dieter Hedrick Are On Opposite Sides Of The War And Fighting For The Same Thing.
At the age of fifteen, Dieter's blind devotion gets him promoted from Hitler Youth into the German army. Dieter's determined to prove his allegiance and bravery all costs.
Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. He's seen how boys who weren't much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he really can be something.
Their worst fear was that the war would end too soon -- that they wouldn't get the chance to prove themselves. But when they finally see the action they were hoping for, it's like nothing they could have ever imagined.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

A Nazi soldier's perspective juxtaposed to an American Mormon soldier's point of view, and of course, they come together in battle. I'm definitely recommending this novel to my middle school students ... Read full review

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RGG: During WWII, a young German soldier and a young American soldier learn the true horrors of war and mature from young pugilistic, patriotic boys. The boredom and cold of war takes up more pages than the action scenes. Reading Level 12-14. Read full review

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Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and nine grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah.

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