Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville Arkansas Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memor

  • Title: Summer of My German Soldier
  • Author: Bette Greene
  • ISBN: 9781453228449
  • Page: 478
  • Format: ebook
  • Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville To the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis But to Patty, aMinutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville To the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes an unlikely friend Anton relates to Patty in ways that her mother and father never can But when their forbidden relationship is discovered, will Patty risk her family and town for the understanding and love of one boy

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    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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    • 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 t [...]

    • 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 more: 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 lo [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 more 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 s [...]

    • 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 vo [...]

    • 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

    • Schwartz

      (Feb 25, 2020 - 23:50 PM)

      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 more 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 Pat [...]

    • 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 more time to ponder its depths, but at the same time, [...]

    • 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 infor [...]

    • Katie R. Herring

      (Feb 25, 2020 - 23:50 PM)

      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 tha [...]

    • 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 more 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, th [...]

    • 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 more. I liked the setting and conflicts at home, especially with her father. The ages of our characters is partly what put me off. Patty [...]

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

    • 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 A [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜

      (Feb 25, 2020 - 23:50 PM)

      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.

    • 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.

    • 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 [...]

    • 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, Anto [...]

    • "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 rea [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 kee [...]

    • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)

      (Feb 25, 2020 - 23:50 PM)

      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 wa [...]

    • 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. Furthermore, her parents favour her younger sister who is beautiful and talented, rejecti [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 Arkansa [...]

    • 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 [...]

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