Summer of My German Soldier

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Dial Books, 1973 - Juvenile Fiction - 230 pages
World War II has come to Patty Bergen's hometown of Jenkinsville, Arkansas, in the form of a German prisoner of war camp. Patty, a twelve-year-old Jewish girl, is curious about these Nazi soldiers, who must be monsters for the killing they have done. She is also lonely and awkward, and looking for a friend. Anton, a German soldier, is not the monster that Patty imagined, but a frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. He sees Patty in a way no one else does, as "a person of value." When she decides to help him escape from the camp, the consequences will change Patty's life forever.

This thought-provoking, emotional narrative tackles difficult issues with insight and courage. Patty's story is as important today as ever, and has made Summer of My German Soldier a modern classic. It is a National Book Award Finalist, an ALA Notable Book, and a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year.

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12 year old Jewish girl Patty lives in a loveless home with a mother who neglects her and a physically abusive father. When she is in the family store in Arkansas one afternoon during the summer, a ... Read full review

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I need to reread this book, I remember reading in high school and how I liked it but I don't think I really appreciated it. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
24
Section 2
39
Section 3
47
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Bette Greene is the author of the Newbery Honor book Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe.

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