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Book Title: Summer of my German Soldier|
The author of the book: Bette Greene
ISBN 13: 9780786273614
Edition: Thorndike Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2005
Format files: PDF
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Even if you forget everything else I want you to always remember that you are a person of value, and you have a friend who loved you enough to give you his most valued possession.
#Fact 1 This story ripped out my heart.
#Fact 2 I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this book.
#Fact 3 I need a drink.
#Fact 4 This was based on the author's true story. Hence my need for a drink.
Wow. Where do I begin. Summer of My German Soldier has really taken me by surprise. In every way possible. This turned out a little differently than I expected. The book was even better than I hoped it would be! I had expected a passionate romance with not much depth but boy was I wrong. First of all, Summer of My German Soldier isn't really about romance, it's about life.
Patricia Ann 'Patty' is a young Jewish teen from Jenkinsville, Arkansas. She spends her energy searching not for pretty dresses, but for someone who understands her. She doesn't fit in. Her parents show her no love. She's frustrated with her mother's constant criticism and her father's violence. She can't relate to the other girls her age. The only person whom Patty finds a kindred spirit is Ruth, the family's black, middle-aged housekeeper. It seems like Ruth's the only one who cares about her. But, despite everything, Patty is an intelligent, sassy, strong-willed girl. She is a rebel who refuses to stay silent.
Then it struck me that if someday I grow old and forgetful, forgetting even friends’ names and faces, his face I could never forget.
One day a train arrives carrying German prisoners of war. The townspeople treat the Germans with hostility and hate, referring to them as 'Nazi scum.' Among them is Frederick Anton Reiker, a young soldier from Göttingen. He is the only one in the group who can speak English. Upon meeting for the first time both Anton and Patty take an instant liking to one another. Patty helps him when he escapes from his prison camp by hiding him above her father's garage. She tells him she's Jewish and he is shocked. “It’s truly extraordinary,” he said. “Who would believe it? ‘Jewish girl risks all for German soldier.’
Anton is a compassionate young man who studied to become a doctor. He did not share Hitler's beliefs and was forced into the Army against his will. His only wish is to go back home. But fate is a cruel mistress...
“I think I want to be intelligent even more than I want to be pretty.”
“You’re already intelligent and pretty.”
“You. I come from a line of men who have a sure instinct for a woman’s beauty. So, P.B., I speak as an expert when I tell you you’re going to have it all.”
“Well, why hasn’t anyone else seen it? That I’m going to have—what you say?”
“They will. Because you are no common garden flower—you are unique.”
Anton and Patty find solace in one another, and true friendship. She is 12 and he is 22, so nothing inappropriate ever happened. Patty hopes, however, that, one day, they'll be together.
Is this a sad book? Yes, very much so. Sad, yes, and yet oddly uplifting, too. There's intolerance, prejudice, racism, abuse, injustice and death. But there's also friendship, hope and love. I found myself rooting for the characters. I wanted Patty to fulfil her dreams by becoming a reporter/writer. I wanted to help Anton find his way back home. I wanted to give Ruth a big ol' hug for being so wonderful and caring. I wanted to slap the crap out of Patty's parents. Sadly, I could do none of these things.
It was like watching my very own life raft floating away towards the open sea. And yet somewhere in my mind’s eye I thought I could see the faintest outline of land. Then it came to me that maybe that’s the only thing life rafts are supposed to do. Taking the shipwrecked, not exactly to the land, but only in view of land. The final mile being theirs alone to swim.
For moments or minutes I stood there. Not really moving. Barely managing to tread water. Was it possible for a beginning swimmer to actually make it to shore? It might take me my whole lifetime to find out.
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Read information about the authorBette Greene’s award-winning classic novels will be celebrating 40 years in print!
As an award-winning author, screenwriter and news reporter, Bette Greene is read worldwide in over 16 languages. Bette continues her legacy of writing and speaking for the victimized. Within the heartbeat of her storytelling and the realism of her prose lies Bette’s demand that her readers feel what she feels and sees what she sees, taking us beyond our differences.
As the 20th century’s youngest professional news reporter, Bette published her first news story at age eight. Bette Greene’s first book, “Summer of My German Soldier”, won the first “Golden Kite” award. This same novel outsold Prince Charles’ book in his own country.
Bette Greene holds the honor of being the only author included in “Writers of Holocaust Literature”, without having been a victim of the Holocaust.
As a 21st century master author, Bette Greene uses the social media platforms to reach out and touch her readers, Generation - X, Y and Z. According to critics, Bette Greene has given a voice to the voiceless, changing the course of young adults’ literature in America.
For nearly 40 years, Bette Greene’s books have been banned, censored and challenged. The theme of Bette Greene’s award-winning library is always the same - Bullying!
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