Summer of My German Soldier

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Bantam Books, Aug 1, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 230 pages
During World War II, when her small Arkansas town becomes the site of a camp for German POWs, 12-year-old Patty 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 young man, a kindred spirit. And Patty is willing to risk losing everything -- even her freedom -- for the sake of their friendship. This thoughtful and hard-hitting novel has become a modern classic.

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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


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Bette Greene was born in 1934 in Memphis,Tenn. An author of young adult fiction, Greene's books speak of the problems of growing up, particularly the feeling of being different. Her most popular book, The Summer of My German Soldier (1973), a semi-autobiographical work based on her experiences growing up Jewish in Arkansas during World War II, was adapted as a television movie. It was nominated for a National Book Award (1973), and received an American Library Association Notable Book award (1973), as well as several other awards. It inspired the sequel, Morning is a Long Time Coming (1978). Another book, Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe (1974) received multiple awards including an American Library Association Notable Children's Book award (1974) and a Newbery Honor Book award (1975).

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