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Posted February 27, 2011
while i appreciate that this young man stood up for what he believed in the writing (as a young adult type of book) was mediocre at best. there are so many other good holocaust realistic fiction books out there!
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Posted January 25, 2011
I read the book The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoleti. I read it because I thought the title was mysterious. The book is a true story.
The Boy Who Dared is about a 17 year old boy named Helmuth. Helmuth is in jail for a couple of crimes and is sentenced to death. He is in jail for distributing anti Nazi leaflets and listening to the radio illegally. During the period of time where he is waiting for death, he reflects on his life, all of the happy and sad time flood into the story.
I did not like the book at all. I felt bad for Helmuth but it was his fault he was being sentenced to death even though he was just trying to convince people how bad Hitler and the Nazis really were. The only reason I liked the ending was because it was over. I felt that this book was boring and the whole time I read it I wanted to put it down! The book drowned on and on and it made me almost fall asleep in study hall. There wasn't any excitement, even when Helmuth breaks the law it isn't exciting. I wish I hadn't read it. The only thing I learned was; don't break the law.
In conclusion, if you are trying to find an interesting book to read, don't pick The Boy Who Dared. I wouldn't encourage people to read unless you want to learn how terrible Hitler and the Nazis were. Pick a different book!
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