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THE BOY WHO DARED

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THE BOY WHO DARED
Author: SUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTI
ISBN: 9780439680134
Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC.
Category: CHILDREN BOOKS | CHILDREN FICTION
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Level: None
BookCover: Hard Cover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Volume Number 0
Number Of Volumes 0
Edition No: 1
Edition: Original

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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. From School Library Journal Grade 6?9?In the newly formed Third Reich, Hitler’s initial political doctrine is filled with hopeful solutions for a country plagued with unemployment, poverty, and a post-World War I feeling of defeat. Propaganda and promises quickly turn to oppressive new laws including the required participation in the Hitler Youth. Helmuth H?bener enters the program and is at once impressed with the bravado, shiny uniforms, boots, and patriotic fever sweeping the country. But his Mormon-based teachings trigger questions in his mind about the reality behind the regime’s invasions of neighboring countries, mistreatment of Jewish citizens, and closely controlled media. He creates an underground newsletter with information gathered from BBC reports using an illegal shortwave radio. As he secretly distributes the flyers throughout the town, his boldness encourages him to gather several accomplices resulting in his arrest, trial, and execution. The novel opens as he is on death row, and the story is told as a series of flashbacks. Helmuth is portrayed as a brave, outspoken voice amid a family of acquiescing brothers, mother, and new SS stepfather. Based on a real person, the novel includes black-and-white photos of H?bener and his family. Bartoletti offers another perspective on the Holocaust, demonstrating that even if the effort proves unsuccessful, the courage and convictions of a minority should be motivation to speak the truth rather than remain silent. It’s a message that must be continually emphasized as a lasting legacy of the Holocaust.?Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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