Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier

Book - 1973
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Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas
Publisher: New York, Dial Press [1973]
Branch Call Number: YF Gre
Characteristics: 230 p. 22 cm

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JCLHeatherM Jun 11, 2016

An unlikely story of friendship, affection, and admiration between two people from two very different worlds - an excellent read.

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carebearcave
Jun 08, 2015

Loved this book! Had to pick a book for school read this one and it became my favorite! Surprise ending tissues a must!

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DeltaQueen50
Nov 27, 2012

I found Summer of My German Soldier to be both heart-breaking and thought provoking. This is not a light story with a happy ending, but it is realistic and, thankfully, the reader is left with some hope for Patty’s future.

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

The most ironic book ever, an American Jewish falling in love with a German Nazi.

alperkins May 08, 2012

I found this book a little intense--I would not recommend it for children under fourteen, even though the heroine is twelve. I also think it is unrealistic that a 12 year old would fall in love with a 20-something guy, German or not. Patty's parents, especially her father, are unkind and violent; apparently, her father beats her on a regular basis. I don't think it's necessary to put that kind of fractured home situation into a children's book.
The ending was also depressing. No happy endings here! There is a suggestion at the end that things might work out for Patty in the long run, but it left me with a lot of unanswered questions.
Altogether, not a favorite.

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jodiechen
Feb 04, 2013

jodiechen thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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