Innocent Soldier

Innocent Soldier

by Josef Holub

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The critically acclaimed 2006 Mildred L. Batchelder Award-winning story of two boys caught up in an unwinnable war--now in paperback with After Words bonus features. Adam is a farmhand conscripted by Napoleon's army, which is gathering strength for its campaign against Russia. Sergeant Krauter makes Adam the victim of his most sadistic urges. But when an aristocratic young lieutenant spots Adam and requisitions him as his personal valet, Adam's life seems to take a turn for the better. As Adam and Lieutenant Konrad Klara draw closer to Moscow, they encounter a panoply of wartime horrors. AN INNOCENT SOLDIER--both poignant and funny--explores the importance of friendship in persevering against overwhelming odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545355698
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Josef is author of The Robber and Me and An Innocent Soldier. Published in 2005, An Innocent Soldier chronicles the journey of a sixteen-year-old boy who is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by his employer. This ALA Notable Children’s book is also the winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award.

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An Innocent Soldier 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
rheasly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adam, a 16-year-old orphan working as a farmhand in a small village in France in 1811, is drafted into Napoleon's Grand Army by his Farmer. Ripped from the life he knew and thrown into a completely new routine, Adam must face the harsh realities of war alone. Eventually, a young lieutenant takes him on as his personal servant, and the two forge a bond that helps them survive through an extremely harsh adventure. The book is an interesting historical tale that reads pretty easily for grade school readers. The book would be a good group-read because of the graphic material, but the relationship between the two boys is endearing and the overarching message of friendship is valuable.
chris.coelho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I did not particularly care for this book, which was disappointing because I thought it was going to be really good. The book follows a young, underage, soldier. The boy, a young farmhand by the name of Adam, was taken to the military recruiters despite his age. In fact, the farmer who took him to the military outpost forged Adam's name by labeling Adam by his son's name. Despite the fact that he was clearly underage, the military accepted him anyway. From there the book follows his long journey to France. Adam faces a lot of challenges along the way. He battle fatigue, escapes death, and all the while matures well beyond his years as a result. The book to me seemed to be written in such a way that it was a turn off. Instead of using simple sentences, the author goes off on long tangents in order to convey simple messages. This grew tiring to me and it wasn't until about page 130 when I actually started to enjoy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great; the cover art wasn't! On the cover of the version available for nook, in my opinion, Adam looks sort of Dopey, and I just don't like it. The other version is dark green with a picture of Adam supporting Klara. He has a look in his eye, and in his appearence that gives you the feeling that he's been through a lot. Google it if you want to see for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it it reminded me of War Horse
chadlyman More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but I ended up being very impressed. It was a really good war book. A great novel of a farmhand that was forced into the Nepoleon army and ended up living nicely after. I would definately recommend this book to anyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an okay book in my opinion. It talks about this farm boy named Adam and how he is part of the war. So parts are boring and some are hard to understand. This book was kind of hard for my.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was one of the best books i ever read and was a page turner
Guest More than 1 year ago
An Innocent Soldier is about a young farmhand, Adam, forced to join the largest army in the world, the Grand Armée, led by Napoleon. He is signed up for war under the name of the son of the farmer for whom he works for. Adam is sent to be trained by the malign Sergeant Krauter who constantly bullies Adam and only Adam, yet no one knows why. He wants to escape, but chooses against it after seeing the horrific consequences. He is saved by Lieutenant Lammersdorf and takes Adam under his wing as his new servant. Adam and Lieutenant Lammersdorf depend on each other for survival in the terrible, bloody war. Their friendship and trust continues to grow throughout the book, which was unusual because of their very different social rankings. Holub vividly describes their terrors that they are forced to face everyday. One of which includes while bathing in a lake, their clothes, horses, and money all get stolen and with the freezing temperatures at night in Russia, they are bound for trouble. There is also hardly any food to eat and no clean water to drink for the entire army. During the war, many got sick and died, from causes other than battles. The book does not go into great detail about the separate battles, but shows the damage and aftermath of them. Adam and the lieutenant grow from the war, and learn more about themselves. In the end, only about one fourth of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers that went to Russia returned home. This book teaches about friendship, trust, pain, cruelty, strenght, and perseverance. I would certainly recommend this book, especially to someone needing motivation to overcome their difficulties in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I couldn't put it down. I love the way it's written and I loved the storyline. The ending was perfect. It's a simple book that focuses on the life of this one soldier and his friend he makes on the way. This book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!