Wednesday, February 13, 2013

22:120 The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth.  Helmuth is just 17yrs old and has spent the last 264 days of his life in a German prison awaiting either his execution or his pardon.  Today is Tuesday and the executioner works on Tuesday.  Will this be the day or will he be spared another week?  As these thoughts flash through his mind, so do thoughts of happier times of his youth.  Time with his mother and brothers, his grandparents, his friends.  When times started turning bad in Germany.  When it became a crime to speak your mind or listen to the radio.  Of the time that he decided he was no longer going to remain silent about what he saw going on around him....

A heart-touching and gut-wrenching story of a boy who became a man when he stopped being silent and started speaking out against the Fuhrer. A boy who remained true to his faith and his beliefs when every one told him to toe the party line and look the other way.  Someone we can all look up to and admire for the strength of his convictions and his determination to be true to them.

Page count: 202p/5,324p ytd/149,744p lifetime

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