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Summer of my German Soldier

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  • Title: Summer of my German Soldier
  • Author: Bette Greene
  • ISBN: 9780141306360
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Bette Greene

    Bette 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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  1. 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 [...]


  2. I wonder if I can ever do this story justice It s about a young Jewish girl during WWII who befriends a German POW held in a camp near her small Arkansas town That s the plot, but really it s about so much about learning to like and love yourself even when significant others don t about salvific power of love and kindness about true agape love Some might be tempted to reduce Summer to a modern day Romeo and Juliette story minus the romance, violence and suicides It is about doomed love across c [...]


  3. This book is still a beautiful ache in my heart long after I finished it I don t know why it never came up in lists of recommended modern classics It is not a feel good romance, but a beautiful story of courage, friendship and love, and of a young girl learning to filter out the unkindness and prejudice directed towards her to discover the truth and goodness of love.Adolescents who are used to a diet of feel good will need to be prepared for some heart stretching, but in the long run, and with a [...]


  4. OK, I lied THIS is the worst book I ve ever been FORCED to read Note to teachers, if you make your students read this, THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM Have you ever wondered why kids don t like reading It s because of books like these And, if you continue to say that this book ties in with whatever WWII lesson your teaching, then I truly feel sorry Not for the teachers, but for the students Plain and simple, this book sucks To the teachers who make their kids read this, I advise you to turn you [...]


  5. We never read Summer of My German Soldier in class honestly, what did we read , nor have I seen the movie, so this Open Road edition from Netgalley was brand new to me I hadn t realized the main character and narrator of the story, Patty, was so young 12 my first assumption was that she was old enough for this to be a common sort of love story.It s not what I was anticipating, but despite her youth, it is a love story, of a sort, or of several sorts It involves Patty s love for her sister, agai [...]


  6. Another book I was forced to read for school and consequently now despise to the depths of my soul But really, it s crap on its own A twelve year old girl, complete with an abusive father and lacking the three c s of an interesting protagonist Confidence, Common sense, and Character , gets the brilliant idea of hiding an escaped German POW in her garage And for an added dramatic twist, SHE S JEWISH How s THAT for exciting conflict Yeah, not so much Simply put, this book made me want to vomit.Rea [...]


  7. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF U HAVE ANY SENSE IN YOU DONT READ THIS BOOKnow that thats over I tell you the truthe screaming is what you are going to be doing on every single page of this bookthere are so many things I would rather do than this, like get punched by everyone in my school or watch teletubies and dora for 1 week striat never doing anything else seriously if you see thsi book burn it and dance around the fire laughing like a maniac


  8. This was one of the best books that I read It had a lot of things going on in it Patty is the main character in this story She has a normal life, however, it becomes much interesting as it goes The setting of this story takes place during WWII It s about the POW s Prisoner s of War and how one of them escaped His name was Frederick Anton Riecker Patty see s him at the local drug store that her family owns He buys some items from her but there was something that felt special to Patty He was real [...]


  9. Reviewed for THC ReviewsSummer of My German Soldier is a poignant coming of age story about a young Jewish girl from a small town in Arkansas who helps an escaped German POW, an act which changes her life forever This short young adult novel is packed with philosophical lessons on human nature that make it very difficult for me to describe, but suffice it to say that it is an amazing little book I almost wish it had been longer, to give me time to ponder its depths, but at the same time, it was [...]


  10. From the book jacket From the minutes before the train pulled in to the station, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen German prisoners of war have arrived to make the prison camp in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, their new home To the rest of her town, these prisoners are Nazis But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes a friend Anton relates to Patty in ways that her family never can My reactionsI didn t include all the information f [...]


  11. Sweet Jesus I was not expecting this bittersweet ache.After I finished reading I did nothing And by nothing, I mean I wasted a good ten or so minutes of my life scrolling it away on Tumblr But, I did see a post that really pertains to how I feel right now after finishing this book do you ever just finish a book and sit there for a while like what the fuck did this author just do to me galaxysdefender Yes indeed that is exactly how I feel What just happened What are all these feelings that I am f [...]


  12. When I heard that this book was about a romance between a 12 yr old and a 22 yr old I didn t think that I would like it, but it s not a mushy gushy romance, its of a friendship really My favorite character was Ruth Honey Babe ,in my opinion this book would have been a complete wash if it hadn t been for Ruth I liked this book because it made me think After I read it I was wishing that I had a group of people to discuss it with If I were to lead a group discussion about this book, these are some [...]


  13. While this book is well worded, I didn t feel anything for it I really wanted to I mean, talk about a forbidden romance Jewish girl and German boy during the war I expected excitement, passion, maybe dangerNope Mostly dull dialogue between the two characters While I liked both characters and loved seeing Patty mature throughout the story, I was hoping for I liked the setting and conflicts at home, especially with her father The ages of our characters is partly what put me off Patty is a young 1 [...]


  14. I remember nothing of this book, all I remember is the name stuck in my head and the fact that I hated this book than almost any other book I was ever forced to read in an English class in middle or high school.


  15. I find I ve been reading a lot of YA novels about males, so my wife suggested I read this one, a favorite from her adolescence.Turns out Patty Bergen is a fantastic young adult narrator, a girl who just may have the most wretched parents I ve ever read about.Summer of My German Soldier is a unique sort of book, and it is beautifully written It is a story about the Holocaust, but it s set in Arkansas It was a new perspective on this horrible part of our human history Patty Bergen is a Jewish Amer [...]


  16. This is the first time I have read this book It s hard to know what I would have thought when I was younger As it is I was surprised by it, and loved it The story isn t quite what I expected The writing itself is so good I couldn t put it down First person is done very well A lot of information is understood in the beginning without being spelled out for you A nicely pulled off skill To really be able to appreciate this book someone would need to be old enough to know back history about WW2, pre [...]


  17. I was forced to read this book in 8th grade along with George Orwell s Animal Farm.Want to know the difference in the two One possesses fantastic vocabulary, dark humor, and is an allegorical masterpiece of art One is a chaotic mess of boring characters and is one of the most boring novels conceived in literature.I m sure you can figure out which is which.This review is over with and this book is now gone from my memoryrt of.Goodbye.


  18. I hated this book It was depressing and awful Also you couldn t even root for the love story because she was 12 and he was in his twenties I would not recommend this book.


  19. Just read this in a few hours this week I did not care for it, and I wonder why it is so frequently taught in middle schools The main character is engaging, but all the other characters except for Anton are just a bundle of stereotypes Her parents are abusive monsters with no redeeming features, quite one dimensional her nanny is perfect in every way, really the Mammy stereotype, I felt And then there s the ickiness factor the main character is 12 and the German soldier is 20 Most of what he has [...]


  20. I wonder if Bette Greene knew, when Summer was published in 1973, that it would still be relevant in 2010 Summer of My German Soldier tells the story of Patty Bergen, a young Jewish girl growing up in rural Arkansas in World War II Often the subject of her mother s criticism and her father s violent temper, Patty s only real friend is Ruth, the family s housekeeper That all changes the summer Patty is twelve, and German POW s are relocated to Patty s hometown Patty befriends on soldier, Anton, a [...]


  21. A person s got to think, otherwise that person s no better than a trained seal balancing a ball on his nose If only that seal could think, he d know he was making a thousand children laugh Patty Bergen, Summer of My German Soldier , P 160 Like the Bible tells us, when a man will lay down his life for a friend, well, then there ain t no greater love in this here world than that Ruth, Summer of My German Soldier , P 130I have heard quite a bit about this book before I began to read it, but was loo [...]


  22. Oh my goodness, this was possibly my favorite book in middle school My mother gave me HER copy that she read as a teenager, so it was very special to me I know I read it at least three times.I am currently a freshman in college and have read many love stories since Summer of My German Soldier, but this book still stands out in my memory The power of the forbidden love, the danger of a German soldier in the WWII American homefront climate, the intensity of the moral choice Patty has to make in hi [...]


  23. Summer of My German Soldier took some very surprising twists as the pages fluttered through my fingers It did not take very long to read for a good reason this is a really good book It is the story of an American Jewish girl who befriends a German POW She has very few people to love in her life her father mistreats her, and her mother is self centered and doesn t really care about her The only one she has is Ruth, their colored hired girl, who is the only one who really loves her But when Anton [...]


  24. One of my favorite childhood books I am pretty sure I discovered this one on my own at the library when I was around 12 or 13 I finished all the usual classics the Wilder and anything prairie books, the Montgomery and orphan themed books, the Farley and Henry horse books, Alcott etc I covered it all Can t quite remember why this stood out for me I am just grateful it did This was my very first book with any kind of true thoughts of romance in it It was exciting, sad but not endlessly sad like so [...]


  25. Oh this book was awesome It is an amazing love story between a Jewish girl and an escaped German Soldier, it shows what they both with risk and how life during the war was for families The main character Patty, lives with a dysfunctional family and an abusive father Wanted by the police Anton will risk his cover and Patty with house the enemy And in the end it all comes down to one memory that could make or break them both With a surprising twisting end I loved this book and I wanted to keep rea [...]


  26. This review was originally published at Fluttering ButterfliesI first read Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene when I was an awkward 12 year old in middle school This book was required reading for our year and whilst a lot of other students groaned over required reading, I was always a bit enthusiastic about it I found it interesting to read a book I wouldn t normally choose for myself.And I remember absolutely adoring Summer of My German Soldier I thought it was heart breaking the way i [...]


  27. This was one of my favourite childhood books Rereading it now for the first time as an adult, I am convinced this is one of those evergreen stories that will bear rereading many times, and at any age Told from the first person perspective of the twelve year old Jewish girl, Patty Bergen, the story is rather bleak As a Jewish girl living in a small Baptist American town, she already does not quite fit in Further, her parents favour her younger sister who is beautiful and talented, rejecting Patty [...]


  28. Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene tells the story of a Patti, a tortured and abused Jewish girl during World War II who houses and falls for a Nazi Soldier who escaped from a POW camp in their small southern town The story begins with a letter from the author telling the reader that after keeping things quiet for years to save her family she now admits that the story is based off her life Patti is a girl who just doesn t fit in, she s the only Jewish girl in a small town living with tw [...]


  29. I had thought that I might include this book in a unit I m doing on war novels for 12 13 year old girls , but I m certainly glad that I read it first because NO What an extremely peculiar novel is the main thought that comes to mind I found the writing to be rather jerky and disjointed, and certainly not convincing enough to pull together all of the disparate threads Poor Patty Bergen As if it wouldn t have been bad enough to be Jewish, gawky and friendless in 1940s small town Arkansas But our [...]


  30. This was one of my favorite books in middle school, and I ve re read it several times since then It speaks to anyone who has ever felt like an outcast Patty Bergen s utter feeling of alienation from almost every single human in her general vicinity sounded a chord in me at that age, for sure The alienation arises from many different circumstances, among which are her status as a Southern Jewish girl during WWII, and her love of words and reading The only people she could feel close to at all wer [...]


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