The Boy who Dared

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Scholastic Press, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 202 pages
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Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmuth Hübener, aGerman schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbucklingbravado of his time.The handsome storm trooper uniforms, the shiny jackbootsand armbands, the rousing patriotism -- all serve to drawhim into this bright new world full of promise and hope.In the beginning, Helmuth's patriotism is unwavering.But every day the rights of people all over Germany arediminishing. Jews are threatened and their businesses arebeing destroyed, the truth has been censored, and dangerlurks everywhere. Anybody can turn on you. The world hasturned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others,love means to hate, and speaking out means treason. Silencebecomes everyone's guilty secret. How much longer canHelmuth keep silent?Now Helmuth sits in a German prison, awaiting his precariousfate. Told in flashback with breathtaking suspense, thishomage to an extraordinary real-life hero magnificentlyexplores one person's responsibility to humanity, freedom,and truth.

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User Review  - bwhitner - LibraryThing

This was an excellent book about a boy named Helmuth. It starts off with him in prison and he remembers his story. I found the book to be fast passed and very interesting. I was rooting for Helmuth ... Read full review

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User Review  - iamryancorcoran - LibraryThing

Great story about a boy who stood up to opposition. I Would use this book in middle grades and pair it with Hitler Youth to teach WWII and literacy development in comparing and contrasting texts. Read full review

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children. Her fiction includes the novels THE BOY WHO DARED, Dear America: A COAL MINER'S BRIDE, and NO MAN'S LAND, as well as a number of picture books. She won the Newbery Honor for her nonfiction book HITLER'S YOUTH. A former eighth-grade teacher for eighteen years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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