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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,509 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti Narrator: David Ackroyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739374061
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Just as the Nazis are rising to power, Helmuth Hübener, a German schoolboy, is caught up in all the swashbuckling bravado of his time. The handsome stormtrooper uniforms, the shiny jackboots and armbands, the rousing patriotism all serve to draw him into this bright new world full of promise and hope. In the beginning his patriotism is unwavering. But every day the rights of people all over Germany are diminishing. Jews are threatened and their businesses are being destroyed. The truth has been censored, and danger lurks everywhere. Anybody can turn on you. The world has turned upside down: Patriotism means denouncing others, love means hate, and speaking out means treason. How much longer can Helmuth keep silent? Told in flashback, Newbery Honor Book author Susan Campbell Bartoletti magnificently explores the life of a heroic German youth who dared to stand up against the Nazi regime. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2014

    " a world war II book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimber | 2/4/2014

    " This book fostered one of our most talkative book club discussions to date. At book club we watched a documentary on the life of the main character, and the documentary made me like the book even more. It really is a remarkable tale of a boy who dared go against everything society said was okay but that he knew wasn't. Wouldn't you like to look back on your life and say you were able to do the same...even to the point of risking your life? Wonderful book, very easy read, and great discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corbyn | 1/25/2014

    " My World History teacher told me to read this book, it was a really good book and very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 1/24/2014

    " A sad book. It shows the courage a boy can have and how terrible the Nazi's were from inside the German borders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/17/2014

    " It has been done before... but still a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 1/10/2014

    " Really great true story of a German young man who stood up for truth and right during the height of Hitler's reign, and was executed for it. Finished it for myself first and I'm now reading it aloud to Isaac & Sam (ages 8 & 6). Mature subject matter but not graphic whatsoever - written for youth. We like learning a few of the German words sprinkled throughout and the author gives a nice touch at the end where she explains about her thorough research and provides pictures of all the principle characters (who are all real people). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brinlie Clark | 1/9/2014

    " It was really sad, I was mad that he had to die. He was really brave to stick up for his friends. I hate world wars they are so pointless, so many people die for almost no reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conner | 11/24/2013

    " This book is about a boy from WW2 who was a German but he didn't like the Nazi's so he got a radio and listened to foriegn brodcasts and then he wrote a pamphlet about how the Nazis were wrong. In the end he got killed for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 11/22/2013

    " My son was reading this book for a school project, so I became curious and picked it up yesterday afternoon. I read it all in one setting. This is a marvelous true story of courage and dignity against all odds. I absolutely loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 11/21/2013

    " The book had well-chosen words, and I loved how Susan Campbell Bartoletti made the Nazi culture accurate. She must have studied hard when writing this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jilian | 12/15/2012

    " Amazing! Tragic and so very very good. I am reading A LOT of Holocaust books right now and this so far is my favorite. A completely different view on the Holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Rossen | 11/14/2012

    " I thought that it was a pretty solid book, it was pretty interesting overall. However, there's no surprise to it at all, I've been able to see the major events coming from a mile away. But hey, there's not much you can do to change up a true story I suppose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 8/6/2012

    " This book is a very sad book but the boy in this book is very very brave to do all these things aginst the most horrifing people...... THE NAZIS!!! He does all these bthings to fight for Jews freedom... If you read this book HAVE FUN REading!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/31/2011

    " Another great story about a person who stood up for what he believed in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/28/2011

    " SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO good SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sad!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeaneen Kindschuh | 12/7/2011

    " Good story about a German boy going to school during the Nazis power and how he struggles with how the Jews are unfairly being treated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Kid Named Megan☮ | 10/9/2011

    " really good so far.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Lippert | 7/5/2011

    " There are hundreds of novels out there about WWII, and though this one is far from the best, I wouldn't dismiss it either. I enjoyed the view of a German citizen, a teenager, fighting against the government he once supported. It shows that even the German people were prisoners of the Nazi regime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Garza | 5/30/2011

    " Not done yet, but so far, so good. This was a great book and I highly recommend it. It's about a boy who dared to stand up for what he believed in during the reign of Hitler when it was absolutely forbidden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holland | 5/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely, it was sad but it was real and that was what I needed after a year of mostly fictional books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinit | 5/7/2011

    " Written beautifully as it gives a boy's take on WW2. A sad, cryable ending buy beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 5/6/2011

    " This book was very good. It is about the way life was like in Germany during WWII. It is about Hitler youth and a boy who wants to get the truth out about the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene | 5/5/2011

    " Super amazing. One of the most amazing stories of courage on one side and cruelty on the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeaneen | 5/2/2011

    " Good story about a German boy going to school during the Nazis power and how he struggles with how the Jews are unfairly being treated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebonypelt ~I Voted Saxon~ | 4/27/2011

    " I'll think a little differently about the song Hero by Skillet from now on. Helmuth is a true hero, braver than I'll ever be. [spoilers removed] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Car | 4/22/2011

    " I didn't really like the style of writing by this author, but the story was compelling. At the time of Nazi rule a young boy is determined to fight for freedom. I was surprised to find Mormonism a part of the story, but no argument there since it wasn't anything bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/21/2011

    " Topically interesting, but the writing itself left a lot to be desired. Very strong non-fiction feel to it, since that's Bartoletti's usual writing.
    I think this skews younger YA, easily acceptable for tweens. Lots of interesting parallels to today's world to discuss, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydeli | 4/20/2011

    " Okay for a historical fiction with some events that had to happen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 4/15/2011

    " This book was incredibly moving. I loved being able to read the author's notes at the end and really get a clear picture of who this daring young man truly was. The pictures added a humanistic touch that made Helmuth so much more than a character printed in the black ink words on the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/31/2011

    " This story shook me to my core. Not only because of the message, but because it is based on a real person. I've had a lot of assigned reading on the WWII era. This has been one of my favorite reads so far. A moving novel with a purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/29/2011

    " Good book. I really liked this book, i really enjoyed reading it. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

David Ackroyd is an American actor who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World. He was born in Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark.