Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson

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Sixteen-year-old Erik Brandt barely knows what Germany is fighting for when he is drafted into Hitler's army in 1944. Sent to the killing fields of the Eastern Front, he is surrounded by unimaginable sights, more horrific than he ever thought possible. It's kill or be killed, and it seems clear that Erik's days are numbered. Until, covered in blood and seriously injured, he conceives of another way to survive. Filled with gritty and visceral detail, Soldier X will change the way every reader thinks about the reality of war.

 

About Don L. Wulffson

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Don L. Wulffson is the author of more than forty books, including Point Blank, The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, Future Fright, and The Upside-Down Ship. He lives in Northridge, California.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Scholastic Inc. 226 pages
Genres: History, War, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Almost 16 years old in 1944, Erik Brandt finds himself on a German troop train headed for the Eastern Front in Russia.

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A WWII veteran and teacher is deemed a hero by his students, but he confides in readers that he fought for the Germans, not the Americans.

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Now they are sending us boys."" Wulffson effectively lays the groundwork for Erik's one chance for survival after a bloody German defeat in battle: Erik dresses in a dead enemy's clothes and, thanks to his fluency in Russian, passes as a Russian with amnesia, known as ""X,"" in a Russian hospital.

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More importantly, it can show how the human spirit, in spite of intense brainwashing at a young age, when left to its own devices, this inner spirit can recognize that it is the soul of each person—be they German, Jewish, Polish, Russian—that makes them worthy of the title “Human Being.” One mig...

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Can you even begin to imagine what must have gone through the minds of very young soldiers who fought in Hitler’s army as Russia began its overwhelming repulsion of the Nazi war machine from Russian soil?

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Can you even begin to imagine what must have gone through the minds of very young soldiers who fought in Hitler’s army as Russia began its overwhelming repulsion of the Nazi war machine from Russian soil?

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