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My brother's secret, by Dan Smith

Label
My brother's secret
Title
My brother's secret
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by Dan Smith
Title variation
My brothers secret
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1941 twelve-year-old Karl is proud to be a member of the Hitler Youth, but when his father is killed on the Eastern Front everything changes--his family moves to the country to live with his grandparents, he encounters a brutal Gestapo officer, and he begins to realize that his sixteen-year-old brother has joined a youth group who opposes the Nazis
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Award
USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2016.
Review
  • Gr 4 – 8 — Karl is a proud, patriotic 12-year-old boy living in Nazi Germany during World War II. He desires only to excel in the Deutsches Jungvolk and one day join the Hitler Youth. Karl is a dynamic character, whose mind gradually opens and opinions change through the course of the novel. A major catalyst for this change is the death of his father. Lisa, a new friend, and his own brother, Stefan, introduce him to a different way of thinking. This historical novel provides a vivid picture of what life was like for ordinary German citizens during this time period. Terrified that their own children who had been brainwashed by organizations like Deutsches Jungvolk, many adults lived in fear that the Hitler Youth would report them to the Gestapo if they did not demonstrate unwavering support to their Fuhrer. Additional themes include family, loyalty, friendship, and loss. VERDICT An exciting novel with compelling characters for those interested in historical fiction and Nazi Germany.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY --Tiffany Davis (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 6, p104)
  • It is 1941 in western Germany. World War II has been raging for almost two years, and Hitler's propaganda machine is in full force. The German people are being forced into submission through a combination of fear, indoctrination, and lies. Hitler wants a generation of young soldiers willing to do anything for their FÃ1⁄4hrer. Twelve-year-old Karl Friedman is a true believer. His 16-year-old brother, Stefan, is not. Karl is a member of the Deutsches Jungvolk, but Stefan is a member of the Edelweiss Pirates, insurrectionists determined to spread the truth about Hitler and the war. When Karl witnesses firsthand the brutality of the Nazis, he begins to suspect his loyalty has been misplaced. Based on true events, Karl and Stefan's story exposes what life was like for regular German citizens during the war. The quiet themes of patriotism, courage, and compassion are presented through believable characters, gripping suspense, and an unflinching look at the lengths some will go to in order to retain control. Rather than a pedantic lesson on right and wrong, Karl's journey is an awakening of one boy's understanding of the world around him. A heartfelt look at coming of age in a time of war. (Historical fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10433859
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Dan
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.S644648
LC item number
Mu 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Hitler Youth
  • Hitler-Jugend
  • Hitler Youth
  • Anti-Nazi movement
  • Brothers
  • Family life
  • Rescues
  • Anti-Nazi movement
  • Brothers
  • Families
  • Family life
  • Rescues
  • Germany
  • Germany
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
My brother's secret, by Dan Smith
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"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Chicken House"--Copyright page
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780545771559
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014030293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o892728245
  • (OCoLC)892728245
Label
My brother's secret, by Dan Smith
Publication
Note
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Chicken House"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780545771559
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014030293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o892728245
  • (OCoLC)892728245

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