The Boy Who Dared

The Boy Who Dared

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Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmuth H#65533;bener, aGerman schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbucklingbravado of his time.The handsome storm trooper uniforms, the shiny jackbootsand armbands, the rousing patriotism -- all serve to drawhim into this bright new world full of promise and hope.In the beginning, Helmuth's patriotism is unwavering.But every day the rights of people all over Germany arediminishing. Jews are threatened and their businesses arebeing destroyed, the truth has been censored, and dangerlurks everywhere. Anybody can turn on you. The world hasturned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others,love means to hate, and speaking out means treason. Silencebecomes everyone's guilty secret. How much longer canHelmuth keep silent?Now Helmuth sits in a German prison, awaiting his precariousfate. Told in flashback with breathtaking suspense, thishomage to an extraordinary real-life hero magnificentlyexplores one person's responsibility to humanity, freedom,and truth.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780439680134
0439680131
Branch Call Number: j F BARTOLET
Characteristics: 202 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.

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What do you do when you find out the truth in a country controlled by lies? What if telling the truth could cost you your life? Helmuth Hubener, a member of the Hitler Youth, learns about what is really happening during WWII by listening to the BBC over a contraband radio. His story is told fro... Read More »


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mapko1981
Jul 05, 2017

Who knew you could turn this content into a story suitable for kids? Very heavy and sad, but still age-appropriate.

JCLJaredH Jul 18, 2013

A work of fiction, it nevertheless is based on the story of Helmuth Hubener, a young boy in Nazi Germany. What I liked about it was that it showed that Germany was a victim of Hitler and the Nazis as France or the other European nations. There are slow spots and awkward moments in the story, but it is the theme of doing what is right despite the opposition that brings this story to life. The William Allen White Award winner for 2011.

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friendofbob
Aug 21, 2012

Amazing perspective. I loved every page and fell in love with the character and their "YOLO" attitude.

Anthony Broniec Jun 22, 2012

Very good book. I would give it 5 stars. It really brings you back to that time. I recommend this book to people who like history.

Shadowhawk12 Jun 12, 2012

it is amazing

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NicholasHa64
Nov 05, 2011

My teacher read this book to the class a few days ago... great book. want to read again.

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EmmaJayne111
Aug 25, 2011

I read this for school and really enjoyed it. It's good to hear that some people disagreed with the Nazis and spoke up about it.

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Mum_of_2
Nov 02, 2009

Incredible tale of a boy who had the courage to stand against what is wrong. Powerful. Sad. Inspiring

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