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Title:
Summer of my German soldier
Author:
Greene, Bette, 1934-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Puffin Books, 1999.

©1973
Physical Description:
230 pages ; 18 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 9.0 391.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 14 Quiz: 11063 Guided reading level: Z.
ISBN:
9780738300788

9780141306360
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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


Author Notes

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).

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Set during World War II, this novel is told from the viewpoint of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in a small Arkansas town who befriends a Nazi POW in an effort to establish her worthiness as a person. Well-drawn characters and a tightly developed plot create a story that evokes anger as readers deal with questions of prejudice and narrow-mindedness.


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