Summer Of My German Soldier (puffin Modern Classics) by Bette GreeneSummer Of My German Soldier (puffin Modern Classics) by Bette Greene

Summer Of My German Soldier (puffin Modern Classics)

byBette Greene

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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An emotional, thought-provoking book from multi-award-winning author Bette Greene.

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. 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.

"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 Soldier (puffin Modern Classics)Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.06 × 5 × 0.62 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142406511

ISBN - 13:9780142406519

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from just good The first novel I ever read in English, many moons ago (20 some years), and still to this day one that has had a major impact on how I view life, love and forgiveness. It may be about a jewish girl and a German soldier during the war but somehow, as a woman you can relate to the girl and her emotions. A worth while read.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer of My German Soldier It’s a bleak story of a very young girl desperate to love and be loved, some of the language common for the time period is definitely tough to read now, but the emotion in the closing scenes is worth giving it a try. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking A young Jewish girl, risks everything for the love of a German soldier. Beautiful portrayal of the way we really can love our fellow man and learn from each other.
Date published: 2017-03-25