The Boy Who Dared

The Boy Who Dared

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti


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ISBN-13: 9780439680134
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2008
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 39,248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many fiction and nonfiction books 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 Youth. A former eighth-grade teacher for 18 years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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The Boy Who Dared 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for 7th and 8th graders !. There is a great protagonist a young boy by the name of Hamlet and he fights for what he believes in he. You see him as a young boy in the beginning of the book. But most of the book He is the age of 7th and 8th graders. In the end he's 17 but, you get to see him mature in the book. like when he like the naze govermint but in time starts to hate it  You are connected to the main character. You get the message that you should fight for what you believe in too. Dylanchms14    
bookworm21CH More than 1 year ago
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.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
I could already feel Helmuth's despair from the first page as he begins his day in his jail cell. The writing conveyed the darkness and fear very well. I enjoyed the scenes told through memory and watching how everything transpired in Germany. Even in a children's book, it was eerie to watch freedoms being stripped away and hard to believe that these things were able to happen. I often wonder how things could get to be that way and how people could let it happen. This book showed how everything fell into place little by little, and through the eyes of a child who easily gets swept into the actions of an adult world. It doesn't take Helmuth very long to start understanding the error of things and quietly begin to question them. I found his courage through all that he endured to be quite amazing and inspiring. The author's note at the end was very informative and added to the conclusion of this book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I listened to this novel and I was taken back to the innocence that was swept away so suddenly and so fierce from the individuals who had to walked the streets during this time. These individuals believed so heartedly that their new ruler was the answer and having read many stories about this time period, this novel hit something within me. It awakens me. I feel it was the way the novel was told and the way the David Ackroyd spoke the words, his voice shouting and calling out the news that was spreading throughout the land. This new ruler who was coming into power, the citizens their mixed reactions, the families split even before the ruler started to lay down the law. The author tries to use as much factual information as possible which helps to make this novel an emotional read. This was a powerful novel to listen to and I highly recommend it although there were times, I had to stop and pull off the road so I could write down some memorable moments, ones that stood out to me. Such wretched things about this time period but hearing them from the Ackroyd’s dramatic and powerful voice moved me. Some are familiar and some are not: • How they compared the rounding up of the Jews to the Americans rounding up the Indians on the American soil. • A favorite game: Capture the Jew • The main character believes that Hitler is going to help the people but later his mind is changed. He is pleased with what he has accomplished in life and in the end, he fought for the truth. He was a courageous individual who should be proud of his life. Reading the text, I cared deeply for him. • “People cannot judge. They don’t know how the Gestapo were to get information out of you.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
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.
purplecow0022 More than 1 year ago
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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Evansmom99 More than 1 year ago
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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XxSamiixX More than 1 year ago
This 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lexiebhumphreys More than 1 year ago
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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band_nerd More than 1 year ago
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.
sOcCeRgIrL_8_LiGhTnInG More than 1 year ago
this book is many things, but to sum it up all i can say is: AMAZING!!!!!!
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scholar1 More than 1 year ago
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.