Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmuth Hübener, a German schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbuckling bravado of his time. The handsome stormtrooper uniforms, the shiny jackboots and armbands, the rousing patriotism all serve to draw him into this bright new world full of promise and hope. In the beginning his patriotism is unwavering. But every day the rights of people all over Germany are diminishing. Jews are threatened and their businesses are being destroyed. The truth has been censored, and danger lurks everywhere. Anybody can turn on you. The world has turned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others, love means hate, and speaking out means treason. How much longer can Helmuth keep silent? Told in flashback, Newbery Honor Book author Susan Campbell Bartoletti magnificently explores the life of a heroic German youth who dared to stand up against the Nazi regime.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for young readers, including the ALA Robert F. Sibert Medal–winning Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845—1850 and Dear America: A Coal Miner’s Bride. She lives with her family… More about Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Published by Listening Library (Audio) Jan 13, 2009| 252 Minutes| Young Adult| ISBN 9780739374061