Summer of My German Soldier

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Dial Press, 1973 - Juvenile Fiction - 230 pages
An emotional, thought-provoking book from multi-award-winning 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 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.

"An exceptionally fine novel." --The New York Times

"Courageous and compelling!" --Publishers Weekly

A National Book Award Finalist
An ALA Notable Book
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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Summer of my German Soldier offers a look at WWII through the eyes of a Jewish American girl, Patty, living in a small town in Arkansas that becomes open to housing for German prisoners. Despite the atrocities being committed at the hands of the Nazis, Patty finds herself drawn to Anton, and risks her own safety to house him in her own home after he escapes the camp. This book would offer great discussion topics on the various perspectives of the war, encouraging students to consider both the Nazi and American perspectives interjected throughout the book.  


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Like Beth Lambert, Bette Greene grew up in a small town in Arkansas. Her first novel, Summer of My German Soldier, won unanimous critical acclaim and became an immediate best-seller. Bette Greene lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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