The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about Hitler

Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, HITLER YOUTH, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut's story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times , to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.

About Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children. Her fiction includes the novels THE BOY WHO DARED, Dear America: A COAL MINER'S BRIDE, and NO MAN'S LAND, as well as a number of picture books. She won the Newbery Honor for her nonfiction book HITLER'S YOUTH. A former eighth-grade teacher for eighteen years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Published January 1, 2008 by Scholastic Press, New York. 202 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Written in present-tense flashbacks, the tale traces the development of Helmuth’s outlook from childhood delight in playing with toy soldiers within the safe confines of his closely knit Mormon family to ill-concealed fury as Hitler’s rise brings mounting violence against Jews, suppression of boo...

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Soon after Hitler comes to power, young Helmuth is entranced with the parades of “brown-shirted men wearing red-and-black armbands and tall, black, shiny boots.” He vows to fight for the Fatherland, and Hugo Hubner, a Nazi soldier who becomes Helmuth’s stepfather, is proud of his decision to join...

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Hitler’s words bring hope and once he has been elected Chancellor Helmuth believes that he will do his part to unite Germany by joining the army to create a better future.

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