Monday, May 14, 2012

A Review: The Boy Who Dared

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
                 (Based on a True Story)

During the rise of Hitler and his reign of power, Helmuth Hubener is a normal German teenager. He is enthralled by the Nazi's shining uniforms and wants to make his country proud of him.

But as he gets older, Helmuth realizes that Hitler is lying to their country about the war in Europe. He decides to take a stand for the truth, but this could end up in his death and the pain of those he loves.

I heard Susan Bartoletti (what a mouthful of a last name) talk about this book at the Festival of Faith and Writing a few weeks ago and had to buy it so I could find out what happened to Helmuth. And it was definitely worth the purchase. The main story is told in flashbacks to the past, with enough focus on the present to keep the reader intrigued and not confused. Susan does an excellent job creating a fictional story based on facts while still keeping it truthful. There are even pictures at the back of the book of the real people mentioned in the story. It is an exciting way to learn about our history. This book is definitely a must read for any age!

Other books by Susan Campbell Bartoletti: Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
                                                                      They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
                                                                      Naamah and the Ark at Night (a beautiful picture book)
                                                                      No Man's Land

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