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Title:
Summer of my German soldier
Author:
Greene, Bette, 1934-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dial Books, 2003.

©1973
Physical Description:
230 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.
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:
9780803728691
Format :
Book

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Summary

World War II has come to Patty Bergen's hometown of Jenkinsville, Arkansas, in the form of a German prisoner of war camp. Patty, a twelve-year-old Jewish girl, is curious about these Nazi soldiers, who must be monsters for the killing they have done. She is also lonely and awkward, and looking for a friend. Anton, a German soldier, is not the monster that Patty imagined, but a frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. He sees Patty in a way no one else does, as "a person of value." When she decides to help him escape from the camp, the consequences will change Patty's life forever. This thought-provoking, emotional narrative tackles difficult issues with insight and courage. Patty's story is as important today as ever, and has made Summer of My German Soldier a modern classic. It is a National Book Award Finalist, an ALA Notable Book, and 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.