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Summer of My German Soldier

by Bette Greene


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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 14
    National Book Award Finalist ; Newbery Author
    • Format: Paperback Book
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When her Arkansas hometown becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, a Jewish girl opens her heart to a frightened young Nazi soldier.
Some mature content.

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The summer that Patty Bergen turns 12 is a summer that will haunt her forever, because her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a German prison camp. Even though 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.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends—even her freedom—for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take, and one she will have to pay a price to keep.

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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 14
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 4 3/16" x 6 3/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-18932-3