Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Excellent Books About Hitler's Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Non-Fiction, Newbery Honor
Ages 9 and up

An excellent, clearly written,  powerfully impactful book on real youth in Hitler's Germany. Chockful of photographs, this compelling book gives an in-depth look at the Hitler Youth organization itself, and real teens who both supported or opposed it, even to the sacrificing of their own lives.

A must-read if you want a clearer understanding of the youth of Hitler's Germany, the appeal of Hitler's message, and the courage of those who opposed it.

Written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Middle grade/YA Biographical Novel
Ages 9 and up

Helmuth Hubener is an ordinary young man caught up at first in the National emotional fervor for the Fuhrer. But when his eyes are opened to the horrors he sees going on around him, will he have the courage to take a stand?
Compelling and powerful, this is "a novel based on the true story of a Hitler Youth." In reading it, don't be surprised to find yourself pulled into Helmuth's life. I couldn't put it down, even though I knew (having read another account of Hubener) what ultimately happens.

And don't forget to read the author's notes in the book.


  1. Hi there! I found your blog through your introduction on the Kidlitosphere list-serv, and I'm now your newest follower. :-)

  2. This book blew me away and made me a fan of not only Bartoletti's non-fiction, but non-fiction, in general. I'm a school librarian and had Hitler Youth in my library, but I was compelled to read it after reading The Boy Who Dared.

    Love your blog and I found it b/c you introduced yourself on Kidlitosphere. Looking forward to reading your posts.


  3. Katie - Thank you for following! I'm glad to have you here!

    Brenda - I saw your comment on the Terry Trueman post first. I've been so impressed with Bartoletti's non-fiction books, especially. (i like her fiction, too.) She researches so well, and makes them so interesting to read.
    I appreciate your comments.

  4. Bravo for introducing yourself over at the kidlitosphere, because now I got to come over here and check out your lovely blog. And I like the sound of "The Boy Who Dared" - it's going on my TBR pile (actually, once I get it from the library!)
    Namaste and thanks,

  5. Lee, thanks so much! I appreciate the welcome I've received. And thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope the book works for you.