The Boy Who Dared

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A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about Hitler

Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, HITLER YOUTH, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. ...

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Overview


A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about Hitler

Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, HITLER YOUTH, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut's story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times , to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.

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In Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler\u2019s Shadow, Booklist\u2019s 2005 Top of the List–Nonfiction for youth, Bartoletti included a portrait of Helmuth H\u00fcbener, a German teenager executed for his resistance to the Nazis. In this fictionalized biography, she imagines his story, as he sits in prison awaiting execution in 1942 and remembers his childhood in Hamburg during Hitler\u2019s rise to power. Beaten and tortured to name his friends, he remembers how he started off an ardent Nazi follower and then began to question his patriotism, secretly listened to BBC radio broadcasts, and finally dared to write and distribute pamphlets calling for resistance. The teen\u2019s perspective, and makes this a particularly gripping way to personalize the history, and even those unfamiliar with the background Bartoletti weave in here–the German bitterness after World War I, the burning of the books, the raging anti-Semitism––will be held by story of one boy\u2019s heroic resistance in the worst of times. A lengthy author\u2019s note distinguishes fact from fiction, and Bartoletti provides a detailed chronology, a bibliography, and many black-and-white photos of Helmuth with friends, family and members of his Mormon church. The is an important title for the Holocaust curriculum.. See the Booklist interview with Bartoletti in the January 1, 2006 issue, in which she discusses how this teen\u2019s story moved her.
— Hazel Rochman, Booklist, February 15, 2008

Returning to material she uncovered while researching Hitler Youth, Bartoletti offers a fictionalized biography of Helmuth H\u00fcbener, a Hamburg teenager who, in February 1942, was arrested for writing and distributing leaflets that denounced Hitler. Almost nine months later, on October 27, at the age of 17, H\u00fcbener was executed for treason. Opening her story on H\u00fcbener's last day, Bartoletti frames the work as third-person flashbacks, casting over the narrative a terrible sense of doom even as she escalates the tension. She does an excellent job of conveying the political climate surrounding Hitler's ascent to power, seamlessly integrating a complex range of socioeconomic conditions into her absorbing drama of Helmuth and his fatherless family. The author also convincingly shows how Helmuth originally embraces Hitler. His disillusionment seems to come a little too easily; American readers may wonder why Helmuth's reactions were not more common. But that question resolves itself as the author exposes the chilling gap between her own admiration for her subject and reflections, discussed in an afterword, from those who knew Helmuth, as in this comment from his older brother: \u201cHe should have known better than that.... A sixteen-year-old boy cannot change the government.\u201d Ages 11-up. (Feb.)

— Publishers Weekly, February 11, 2008

Publishers Weekly

Returning to material she uncovered while researching Hitler Youth, Bartoletti offers a fictionalized biography of Helmuth Hübener, a Hamburg teenager who, in February 1942, was arrested for writing and distributing leaflets that denounced Hitler. Almost nine months later, on October 27, at the age of 17, Hübener was executed for treason. Opening her story on Hübener's last day, Bartoletti frames the work as third-person flashbacks, casting over the narrative a terrible sense of doom even as she escalates the tension. She does an excellent job of conveying the political climate surrounding Hitler's ascent to power, seamlessly integrating a complex range of socioeconomic conditions into her absorbing drama of Helmuth and his fatherless family. The author also convincingly shows how Helmuth originally embraces Hitler. His disillusionment seems to come a little too easily; American readers may wonder why Helmuth's reactions were not more common. But that question resolves itself as the author exposes the chilling gap between her own admiration for her subject and reflections, discussed in an afterword, from those who knew Helmuth, as in this comment from his older brother: "He should have known better than that.... A sixteen-year-old boy cannot change the government." Ages 11-up. (Feb.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 18.

Teenagers familiar with Holocaust literature probably know that homosexuals, committed Christians, and gypsies suffered along with Jews. That adherents of the Mormon faith were also discriminated against may come as news. Bartoletti's fictionalized recounting of the life of Helmuth Huebener serves as an exemplar and a stirring tale of one young man's resistance to a government he came to regard as evil. As a child, Huebener was enthralled with the Nazi regime. His mother, despite her faith, was a staunch supporter of Hitler, and his brothers were obedient army men. His mother eventually married a member of the SS, and it was in his stepfather's unquestioning acceptance of the party line that Heubener began to question Nazi actions. His resolve to resist was hardened when his brother brought home a short-wave radio, allowing the teenager to listen to BBC broadcasts. Bartoletti makes Helmuth's growth from support of the Nazi agenda, to tacit acceptance, and to active resistance completely believable. The character development, based on research and interviews with those who knew Helmuth, is solid, and the author excels in creating a sense of immediacy in the setting. Her Nazi Germany is a place that is hauntingly familiar, enveloped in a government-fed sense of fear in this welcome addition to a body of literature begun with Anne Frank's diary. Reviewer: Ann Welton
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 13 to 17.

Helmuth Hübener, a German youth, was executed by the Third Reich while still in his teens. Caught up in the fervor and dangers of Hitler's Germany, Helmuth found the strength to speak the truth and do what was right. This work of historical fiction is admirable. Through a combination of research and imagination, Bartoletti has taken the true story of this extraordinary youth in dark times and given him a voice. The book, I must admit, confused me on a technical level. Was Helmuth speaking of himself in the third person or was he narrating in the first person? But this is my own personal difficulty and should not affect your consideration of the text. The prose comes together to give a powerful representation of what Helmuth's thoughts and experiences might have been. I recommend this book. It is a heart-wrenching read that could be a starting point for further discussion on the nature of bravery, the Holocaust, right and wrong, as well as other topics. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena

F. Todd Goodson
The Boy Who Dared tells the story of Helmuth Hubener, a young man growing up in Nazi Germany. Although he enters the Hitler Youth, and he has family members serving in the German army, Helmuth's conscience will not allow him to be swept up in the nationalistic fervor of the times. Rather, Helmuth begins listening to the BBC with an illegal radio, and he ultimately recruits a couple of like-minded friends to help him circulate a crude newsletter based on the British broadcasts. Soon they are caught by the authorities, and when Helmuth and his friends are on trial, Helmuth deliberately antagonizes the judge in order to attract attention to himself and lessen the punishment his friends will face. The novel is told in flashbacks as Helmuth sits in his jail cell awaiting execution for his crimes. The Boy Who Dared is a compelling, well-told story that will appeal to students interested in historical fiction, World War II, or stories of individuals defying a corrupt government. Reviewer: F. Todd Goodson
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9- In the newly formed Third Reich, Hitler's initial political doctrine is filled with hopeful solutions for a country plagued with unemployment, poverty, and a post-World War I feeling of defeat. Propaganda and promises quickly turn to oppressive new laws including the required participation in the Hitler Youth. Helmuth Hübener enters the program and is at once impressed with the bravado, shiny uniforms, boots, and patriotic fever sweeping the country. But his Mormon-based teachings trigger questions in his mind about the reality behind the regime's invasions of neighboring countries, mistreatment of Jewish citizens, and closely controlled media. He creates an underground newsletter with information gathered from BBC reports using an illegal shortwave radio. As he secretly distributes the flyers throughout the town, his boldness encourages him to gather several accomplices resulting in his arrest, trial, and execution. The novel opens as he is on death row, and the story is told as a series of flashbacks. Helmuth is portrayed as a brave, outspoken voice amid a family of acquiescing brothers, mother, and new SS stepfather. Based on a real person, the novel includes black-and-white photos of Hübener and his family. Bartoletti offers another perspective on the Holocaust, demonstrating that even if the effort proves unsuccessful, the courage and convictions of a minority should be motivation to speak the truth rather than remain silent. It's a message that must be continually emphasized as a lasting legacy of the Holocaust.-Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Spun off from interviews with survivors as well as published sources, Bartoletti crafts a novel closely based on the true story of Helmuth Hubener, a German teen who stood up to the Nazis and paid with his life. Written in present-tense flashbacks, the tale traces the development of Helmuth's outlook from childhood delight in playing with toy soldiers within the safe confines of his closely knit Mormon family to ill-concealed fury as Hitler's rise brings mounting violence against Jews, suppression of books and foreign news and a general climate of fear and mistrust. He resorts at last to anonymous pamphleteering, and his eventual capture brings imprisonment, beatings and a trial at which he manages to save two of his friends from death penalties. A long author's note and a suite of photos cap this inspiring tale of conscience and courage. Pair it with Bartoletti's Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow (2005). (Historical fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439680134
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 33,661
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children. Her fiction includes the novels THE BOY WHO DARED, Dear America: A COAL MINER'S BRIDE, and NO MAN'S LAND, as well as a number of picture books. She won the Newbery Honor for her nonfiction book HITLER'S YOUTH. A former eighth-grade teacher for eighteen years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Loved it! and you will too!!!

    This book was interesting. I'll recommend this book to those who love biography and Nazi's history. When I read this book it was just captivating I just can't set this book down, I read this book in 1 day and I am so pleased I got this book :D The start to end was just thrilling and mesmerized, but in the end of the story it had a horrible and sad ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Books about the Civil Rights have always grabbed my attention. E

    Books about the Civil Rights have always grabbed my attention. Every book that I 've read about the Holocaust, have always been in the perspective of a Jewish person. But, in this book the author switches that around. She makes the perspective from a regular 14-year old German boy living in Germany. Helmuth is a good, strong character perfect for this book. I admire how the author made him a daring, young preson. Helmuth is also full of prosperity.
    -gnr02

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    I thought the book was amazing. It really shows how much control

    I thought the book was amazing. It really shows how much control any teenager let alone person can have. Helmuth shows great courage and prosperity. To do what he did which was standing against the Nazis and standing up for what he believed in, is insanely great. This book can be an inspiration for many.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    The Boy Who Dared is a very interesting book for anybody of any

    The Boy Who Dared is a very interesting book for anybody of any age! Helmuth Hubener is a young boy with two brothers and he gets forced to join the Hitler youth. Through all the violence and unwanted hatred, Helmuth knows what he really should do, by telling the German people the truth about the war. The brothers become separated and Helmuth grows to strongly dislike Hitler and the ways that he is beginning to turn Germany in the wrong direction. Helmuth ends up slipping up in his process of getting the truth out about the war and he goes through a awful and fatal process to his death. Sad ending but overall the book keeps you reading and learning more about the era of history!

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Good book!

    The book was good, but I thought he got discovered a little too easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    An Okay Book to Read

    It is based on a true story about a boy named Helmuth. This book was kinda easy to read there were some hard words to say though. At the end of the book there is some pictures of Helmuth and more. It is based on a true story about a boy named Helmuth. This book was kinda easy to read there were some hard words to say though. At the end of the book there is some pictures of Helmuth and more. Helmuth is in jail and is sentenced to death for of couple of crimes he has committed . He is in jail for listening to the radio illegally and distributing anti Nazi leaflets. This book was kinda easy to read there were some hard words to say though. At the end of the book there is some pictures of Helmuth and more. I really liked the book it was very difficult though, but I would really recommend this to a friend. I chose this book because a friend told me about it. It really is great and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    A must read!

    The Boy Who Dared, By Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Publication date February 1st 2008, Historical Fiction.

    This book was written in flashback form. The main character is Helmuth and he is in prison awaiting his execution at only seventeen years old. He reflects back on his life and how he got to his present situation. As a young boy all the things going on in Germany excite him and he has great patriotism. But as time passes he begins to notice the reality of what is happening. Hitler is not the great hero Germans believe him to be. The way the Jews are being treated is wrong and Germans are being deceived. Helmuth knows the truth and is not afraid to fight against a force greater than himself even if that makes him a so called traitor.
    This book is intended for young readers but can be enjoyed by people of all ages!

    While reading this book I reflected on the character's situation and how I would have reacted to it. Helmuth has so much courage and conviction. He knows what he believes and will not change his mind to please others. He takes action to show his fellow Germans the dark truth being kept from them. I was inspired by Helmuth and his great strength, and courage. I recommend this book because the character stands up for what he thinks is right and the world would be a different place if more people stood up for the right despite opposition.

    Character Analysis: Helmuth grows and develops throughout the story. As a child he himself is deceived but as he grows he realizes the truth. By the end of the story I was blown away by his amazing courage and how far he went to try and make a difference by bringing light into a place full of darkness.
    The characters in the book are very likeable and connectable. I could relate to them and really see their perspective. Helmuth had a family he loved and cared about. He was a real person. This made a big impact on me after reading his story and knowing what happened to him. I am used to seeing only one side of World War 2 but this book made me see a completely different side. Two of my favorite quotes from the book describe Helmuth and his character, "I don't want to remember a time I could have done something but didn't" (p. 127). He truly lived up to that statement. And "Everyone craves security. But gaining freedom means losing security" he knew the price to be paid for freedom and truth and he was not scared to pay that price (p.120).
    The author seems to support the main character and depicts him in a way that you truly connect to him and cannot dislike him. She discovered his story while doing research for another book. Helmuth's story impacted her enough that she wrote his story.
    This book was amazing! It demonstrates the courage and integrity it takes to speak out for what is right. Many people disagreed with Hitler and the Nazis but did not take action out of fear. Helmuth disagreed and fought back with words and actions despite the consequences. I find that truly admirable. Helmuth is no vampire or wizard but a real person that really existed a true hero. If you are in need of inspiration read this book!

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    disappointing

    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

    DON'T READ!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Very inspirational and makes you about yourself!

    I really enjoyed this book because it not only expresses the hardships people faced before and during World War II, but how they were actually dealt with. The story follows Helmuth through his life and shows his maturity developing and his constant change of perspective. He is always looking for answers and is willing to stand up for what he perceives as right. The Boy Who Dared exemplifies what Hitler's Youth was like and also how some Nazi soldiers were not all bad. For example, Helmuth's brother was a part of the Nazi army but he was not fighting for Hitler, he was fighting for Germany and for his family's safety. When I finished this book, it had made such an impact on me that I sought out ways to change myself for the better and inspired me to become a braver person. This book is very inspirational and the facts and research behind the book are absolutely phenomenal. Susan Campbell did a fantastic job!

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    This was Great!

    I chose this book because I had heard great things about it. It really is great, and I would recommend it to anyone. It is based on a true story about a boy named Helmuth. This book was a pretty quick read for me, and at the end of the book there are pictures of Helmuth and many more.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    An inforgetble Book

    Introduction :In the this book I picked the author is wanting the reader to see how hard it was for the Jewish people in the 1940s. The story take place in Germany during the WWII in a jail sell. The author is trying it inform you about the Germanys. How they treated the Jewish people by sending them to camps, gas chambers ,ect.


    Description and summary of main points: The author did really good with the characters like Helmuth Hubener ,the German guards. The author did good with the setting and how the story took place. Helmuth is a young man that was a German guard he didn't agree with Hitler and try to stand out but he got put in jail.

    Evaluation :The way the characters reacted to the setting was good I didn't thing the story would of to place in a jail sell I knew it would take place in Germany in the 1940s. Hitler the Germany leader was a big part of the story if he was not mention as much as he was it wouldn't be that good of a book I think.


    Conclusion :The Boy Who Dared book was a great book I'm a type of person that like army book thing that have to do with WWII and WWI . I would tell people I know to read this book because it has to do with our history. I think if anyone reads this book you will like it I liked the book.So if your looking for a history book to read read this book it a good book to get an +A on

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    A great history lesson

    I loved this short story book, because I love reading about the history of the holocaust. So hard to imagine that someone so evil could do this for so long. Here in the book a young boy stood up for what was right no matter what the consequences were. Could we do this if meant risking our own life?? I'm thankful that I can read about heroic people in a time of despair. And that their stories will live on forever to cherish and educate. Great classroom read-aloud 5th grade and above.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    I hope you find this helpful and I'm sorry I got carried away with tons of facts...I'm just so mad about all that's happening around us and back then. No one even repays people anymore for the things they've done for other people's and our benifet...

    This book...well...it has taught me so much about why Hitler wanted to even start all these wars. The reasons sometimes come out at you but you have to infer some too to really get it. These are the reasons why I think Hitler started the worthless and bloody war.

    Hitler didn't want his country to be humiliated
    He wanted to take over
    When the Germans took over he wanted to be known as their leader
    Hitler wanted Germany to be better
    He was humiliated at one point
    Didn't want his country to be put to shame
    Didn't want people who believed in a different kind of religion than his and his people
    Germany was having money problems and probably didn't want to deal with that.
    Hitler probably also killed himself because he did not want to be humiliated and hated and he knew his soldiers were losing the war. He didn't want all of Germany to cry out his name in hate, but admiration and fear as he went to victory. Hitler made the mistake of trying to take over Europe even though he wouldn't stop there even if they had won. He would've stopped at nothing, even injured soldiers. He didn't reallt CARE about his country just the power he could take from his great victories. It wasn't that long ago the holocaust happened and people still admire Hitler and try to serve him by murder of killing Jewish people. People honor their religion and I admire the Jewish people of the holocaust for that. They stood with their religion instead of others who were hipocritical and changed. We should have a holiday for the Jewish people. They are the hereos of each story. Another reason Hitler might have tortured and tried to kill the Jewish people:
    They knew the truth

    Hitler was a horrible man though and he doesn't deserve a holiday any more than Columbus which is a true statement. Hitler's name still remains and is cried out in hate..hopefully I know some people were counting on Hitler to get Germany back on track but all he did was bring war and the deep hatred with him. He taught nothing but unneccesary things to others and made people count on him and only him. I know that we are sometimes at war with Russia but..why? what do we have against them? I'm not from Russia but we owe them for ending Germany's hate, for ending Hitler. We would probably have to be saying "Hiel Hitler" every time we saw troops or whatever but we owe them soo much and all we can focus on is I want this and I want that and fight over it. We can whine and fight and not gain anything from it or we could just try to compromise. Why do we fight, to teach others a lesson? Fathers, sons, brothers, mothers, sisters and daughters go to war and sometimes never come back all because someone wanted to whine and fight and so the men and women fight for what the LEADER wants and tries to understand. We have to stop pretending to be all tough and underestimating people. We don't have to go to war, we can apologize and get on with our lives instead of ending them because of some stupid war. Imagine how some people feel when they never see their beloved ones ever again. DO you think it feels good? NO! We need to stop, I'm not insulting anyone but sometimes our leaders get carried away with war and only focus on that and not other things. Our leaders are never out there trying to fight so why should we? I don't want anyone else dying because people cna't face themselves and apologize. WE NEED TO STOP HATE AND WAR, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, INVADING AND WORRYING! this book teaches alot ab

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2010

    Walker Townsend Just Read, The Boy Who Dared

    Wow! What a book. I, Walker Townsend, just finished reading the book, The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Campbell. This book takes place during the Holocaust. The Boy Who Dared has a main character named Helmuth who has flashbacks of his life before being imprisoned. Helmuths mother meets a man named, Hugo, that soon becomes her husband. Hugo forces Helmuth to join a special school that bases on Hitler youth. This does not turn out so well because the first day at school Helmuth gets introuble with the teacher and as a result of that he and his classmates have to write a essay on how good Hitler is. Hitler passes a law to ban all short wave radios because there is information that is being leaked out about the battles that Germany is not telling its people about. Helmuth some how gets his hands on a short wave radio. He starts to listen to it illegally. You must read the book to find out what the result is on listening to the outlawed radio. Will they catch Helmuth? Are there more people listening to the radio with him? Read and find out.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Great for in-class reads!

    This book qualifies as a Notable Book for Global Society.. and it deserves that award! Great insight to the Hitler youth and Bartoletti does a superb job portraying events from that time! Not something I would have read for fun, but it was definitely one of the best school books I have had to read.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    different than the typical "resistance" story

    There are a lot of Holocaust "Resistance" stories out there. I am a fan of many. This is not one of my favorites, but I do appreciate the different perspective.
    Most Resistance stories are about people who staunchly opposed the Nazis and everything they stood for from the very beginning. This story, however, involves a character who is less sure of his convictions and resists in a much more subtle way than the usual smuggling/hiding political enemies/Jewish people.
    It does offer some good lessons about right and wrong in the face of family convictions and danger to not only oneself, but others. Overall a good read, probably especially so for classrooms.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    luv it!!!!

    this book is many things, but to sum it up all i can say is: AMAZING!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    a thrilling ride

    This book is a wonderful book. In this book you will learn a lot about what was really happening when the nazi's had there rain of terror on the peole of germany. Ths is a good book for everyone. You may think this going to be about hitler and cover mainly on WWII. well it doen not. It covers mainly on Helmuth Hubner, his family, and his life. I hope you will read this book. Thank you.

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    The boy who told the truth. This book broke my heart. Helmuth, the one who dared to speak out while everybody else was to scared to try. It changed my perspective, and not just of the Holochaust. I almost turned it away when learned that Helmuth and his family were Mormons. But I kept going and now I feel horrible about how the world sees them. But that's not the point. The Holochaust was not Germany w/ allies against the Jews. It was more about Hitler against the world and religion People assume that Germany was in full support of Hitler when the truth is anything but. This book shows the astounding truth of a Hitler Youth and his trip down death row. I thought it started out a bit slow, but when i finished, i couldn't help but love every aspect of it.

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