Summer Of My German Soldier by Bette GreeneSummer Of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

Summer Of My German Soldier

byBette Greene

Mass Market Paperback | September 15, 1999

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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 
Like Beth Lambert, Bette Greene grew up in a small town in Arkansas. Her first novel, Summer of My German Soldier, won unanimous critical acclaim and became an immediate best-seller. Bette Greene lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Title:Summer Of My German SoldierFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.2 × 4.4 × 0.61 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014130636X

ISBN - 13:9780141306360

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever This was my favorite book when I was younger. I would read it at least once a month, if not more. Such a great story.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truely great book!!! One of the marks of a truely great book is when the author has you sympathising COMPLETELY with the character, even if you've never faced what they're experiencing. Bette Green totally has you on the edge of your seet as you read this amazing book! You actually feel Patty's pain at not peing accepted by her parents and you feel the love that she has for Anton. Atruely AMAZING book, and a fantastic read!
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book I loved this book because it is funny, sad and even scary at times. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat for the hole thing. I would recommend this to anybody who likes a romance but is very much in love with conflict....I loved this book!!!
Date published: 2003-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer of My German Soldier This book has become a favorite as a teen. Now, 20 years later it is still one of my favorite books. I have seen the TV movie and wish I could get a copy of it, if anyone knows information on this, please let me know. An excellent book.
Date published: 2001-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer of my german soldier I am not a really big book reader,but this is one book I could not stop reading.This is a great book about history.My favorite character in this book is Patty Bergen just because she is sooooo brave and strong,at least stronger than I will ever be able to be.I love the way that she risks everything for Anton just because she wants to be his friend.I have never in my whole entire life have ever read a book this interesting.I promise you once you start readind this book you will love it,I know you will love it.This is a book that anybody can read,I can not wait to read another wonderful book by BETTE GREENE the wonderful author.
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A rare treat I rarely read a book, that for some reason or another, touches me in the that Patty and her Anton did. I couldn't put the book down. I recomend this book for any romantics or Realists out there looking for a great read.
Date published: 2000-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming!A Real Heart Tugger! It starts out a bit boring, and I don't know why I like it!It has suprise and a few moments when you can't help but laugh at Patty. I'm a easily embarassed person and I put the book down a lot. It's great. Read it !
Date published: 2000-07-01

From Our Editors

Patty is only 12-years-old, but already she is wise beyond her years. As the Second World War rages across the sea, Patty comes face to face with a German lad who is a POW in a camp near her hometown in Arkansas. Although she is Jewish and knows she should despise the Germans for their evil deeds, Patty can’t help but feel a strong bond with this young man in Bette Greene’s classic and award-winning tale, Summer of My German Soldier.