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Hitler's Secret

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  454 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Otto and Leni have escaped to England from Nazi Germany. They thought they were safe, but now the British want them to go back. Dropped behind enemy lines, they embark on a secret operation codenamed Wolfsangel. Their mission is to find and kidnap a girl who could bring down Hitler And so begins their bravest journey yet.
Paperback, School Market/Book Fairs, 333 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Chicken House/Scholastic (first published May 2012)
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More of a 3.5. :)

"An incredible adventure and great page turner!" - Bear Grylls.

Bear Grylls.

He knows how to survive in a desert using only a camel!

One day I hope Bear Grylls blurbs one of my books.

Bear Grylls.
Vickie Ramage
This book is great for anyone who wants the gritty action of World War 2 and even though it's aimed at kids, it's not watered down at all. The dead bodies pile up more and more throughout, as does Otto's injuries! Strangely enough, Leni and Angelika never seem to injured, compared to Otto, who gets every injury you can think of thrown at him. And these are supposed to be kids!

Sadly enough, I wasn't impressed by the ending. It didn't really go where I was expecting it to go and the ending didn't
Alex Baugh
Hitler's Angel is the story of two refugees who have managed to get to England and safety. The girl, about 14, had come with her family, Jews from Vienna, able to escape Hitler's clutches when the Nazis entered Austria in 1938. The boy, 15, escaped by getting a ride on one of the small ships carrying out the rescue mission at Dunkirk in 1940

Now it is 1941 and they have been asked by Admiral MacPherson of the *London Controlling Section, with Prime Minister Churchill's approval, if they would be
I try to read as many books as I can that is set during the 1940's. It is one of my favorite time periods. When I saw Hitler's Secret on netgalley, I knew I had to read it. It is definitely a read that many middle graders would enjoy!

Both Otto and Leni escaped a Nazi Germany. While in Great Britain, they are both asked to go back so they can be spies. Their job is to find the one thing that can help the Allies win the war. I wasn't a fan of Otto. I never felt a connection to him, and I didn't li
The problem with this book, I think, is that it's aimed at a younger audience (and an audience without an English degree - the writing made me cringe) and that's fine, but for me it was very clunky and clichéd to read and just didn't flow. I hate that word but it really didn't. I'm pretty sure I would've disliked it when I was ten as well. The entire plot was unrealistic and rushed and large parts of it felt like a list of names and places, as if Osborne was focusing more on the facts of WWII th ...more
Ruben Ramirez
This book was ok. It wasn't what I expected it to be. Two spies trying to hunt down Hitler. The most I got from this book. It was good in terms of explaining every detail these two spies went through. The suspense was great. Left me waiting to read the next chapter. But the overall rating i'd give this book is 3 stars. I really liked it. But it could improve in some areas. I knew this was based on Germany. So i'm going to say to add how to say some of the German words in the back of the book nex ...more
ACS Book-finder
This was an excellent book. Typically I am not a fan of WWII fiction, but “Hitler’s Secret” is well written with very real characters and a plot that is never dull or slow. Although Otto and Leni are fictional characters, the author has chosen to incorporate into the story actual individuals who were very prominent during WWII such as Winston Churchhill, prime minister of Great Britain; Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi Party; Reinhard Heydrich, Lieutenant General of the SS and regarded a ...more
Hitler's Secret (American name for a British book) was a fun read. The kids were likeable and the action kept it going. I didn't think it was badly written as some reviewers have suggested. I could imagine it as an action movie and not as a literary masterpiece or an adult historical novel. I think it would appeal to a boy or a girl because of the fast paced action.

Things didn't always make sense but so what? The excitement and adventure of it all kept me reading. The worse part was the ending-
Ms. Yingling
Two German teenage refugees are recruited by the British secret service to travel back to Germany to retrieve a young girl. "Otto" is glad to get away from the British boarding school where he has been put by a friend of his father's, after his entire family is taken from his home in Munich because of his father's communist background. "Leni" has been working on a bloodmobile after her mother and sisters have come to London, and is up for the adventure, but mostly wants to avenge the suspected d ...more
Nikhil Reddy
Oct 19, 2014 Nikhil Reddy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read this book.
William OsborneHitler's Secret
Hitler's Secret is a really good book because of its adventure and suspense. This book is about a boy and girl named Otto and Leni who are refugees which are traveling as spies for Britain to Germany to get a 9/10 year old girl who is thought by the British to be the end of the war. The book has a lot of adventure so on a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this book a 5.
I had to read this for a school book project. I had around a month or so to read it, but I only read one book at a time and I was already in the middle of a series. In the end I knew I could just read a few pages in the middle, beginning, and end and write a report; but I genuinely wanted to read the book. I read it one weekend literally non-stop reading and I loved it. I loved every part of it. It went too fast because it had to. I will never be able to reread this book without knowing the endi ...more
Kyle Cochran
The novel "Hitler's Secret" by William Osborne is about to young spies named Leni and Otto who are on a mission to return a girl named Angelika to England. Once Leni and Otto are dropped behind enemy lines, they have to pretend they are siblings and stay out of sights from enemy soldiers. They face many challenges including sailing, fights, and stealing to accomplish the mission. But will mission Wolfsangel even help war afforts from England.

I enjoyed this book because it was action packed and t
Tyler Lesly
Hitler’s secret written by William Osborne is about a boy named Otto and a girl named Leni who have escaped from Europe and they barely made it out alive. Now Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies! They will be dropped behind the enemy lines after lots of training. Will the make it out alive? I recommend this book I think its a great book and if you like books with a lot of action you might too.
Elisa Carrillo
Before reading this book I thought that I'd really enjoy it because I was a huge fan of The Book Thief and Number The Stars, (I had to read Number the Stars for my school in 6th grade) when I started reading this book I was not really enjoying it. some things would be said that had nothing to do with of the rest of the story. some of the writing I feel was written for younger audiences, and I think my seven year old brother could have read the book without any trouble. I felt as though I was dra ...more
Michael Walsh
The name of the book I read was Hitler's Secret by William Osbourne. It takes place during World War II and is about two young teenagers currently residing in England, who are recruited for a top secret mission. The two receive fake identities of brother and sister. They are to capture a young girl, of great significance towards Adolfo Hitler. Then they must act as a fake family travelIng across the border of Switzerland to visit their godmother. The book follows them arriving in Germany and th ...more
I did NOT expect to enjoy this book, always having seen it as a children's novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are so relatable and lovable and the plot is action-packed and always moving forward. The writing style of William Osbourne was flowing and very satisfying. Although the story line isn't totally realistic, the story left me constantly thinking about it. I just have to keep rereading it because I enjoyed it so much!!!!! Kudos to Osbourne!!!
Having escaped separately from the Nazis, Otto and Leni are recruited on a daring mission for Great Britain. Their job is to return to Bavaria, find a young girl living in a convent, and bring her back to Great Britain. The teens are trained and flown to the countryside near where the girl is staying, and their mission is successful for the most part. Readers will quickly realize the identity of the girl and her connection to Adolph Hitler, but they will be disappointed with how the book ends an ...more
Rania 7-1
09/19/2014 Rania Saidi Hitler's Secret
An unknown boy was left next to dead and bloody bodies, he was the only one left alive. The name of that boy was Otto, he had to get to England in a way or another. He had to go now or never. He kept on running next to the dead bodies as he founds his last treasure, his father's watch. Otto then went to the ocean, where he sees boats. Thus, he is very sad about these dead people and bloody bodies.

Otto walks toward the water so the Engl
Hitler's Secret by William Osborn is a good historical fiction book. The story is about Otto and Leni, two teens who escaped Germany during WWII, returning a spies on a secret mission. Though the book has many good aspects, such as exciting moments and fun characters, one bad thing was that it wasn't always historically realistic. For example, Otto and Leni fight through a group of soldiers when in real life, they would have died in seconds. Besides that fact, I felt that the book was very good. ...more
I read this as Hitler's Secret, which is the title used by Scholastic and Amazon in the U.S. (I think Goodreads needs to acknowledge this title change).

I did not like this book. I am a lover of historical fiction, so I was excited to read this title, but I was seriously disappointed. I thought the characters and plot were weakly developed, and the story was not believable in many places. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the plot twists, and the chase scenes reminded me of a bad action
it is a thriller. I thought it was good because it has a lot of action and suspense. The book did not have a good ending. It really ruined my opinion on the book. The suspense really kept me reading until I finished.It took me about 2 days to finish it. Otto was the brave person in the story and he saved alot of lives. That is why he was my favorite character. The book made me realize how hard war was for The Germans and British.Otto and Leni escaped Germany. They were taken by the British to a ...more
I'm confused.
What's the difference between this and Hitler's Angel ?

But I got an advance copy of this from my library and simply ADORED it! It's a great read!
In general, I like WWII books. I'm not a fan of war stories though. This may appear to be a contradiction on face value, but there is a distinction. I like books that reveal the history of the period and have the war as a significant aspect of the setting, but the story has to be more than action and battle for me to enjoy it. I thought a book based on the supposition that Hitler had a secret daughter who might be used as a pawn in the war would be fascinating. Add to that two teenage spies who ...more
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When I read the blurb I thought this was going to be a Science-Fiction novel based on Historical events.
”How can a child bring down Hitler?” I thought to myself, and concluded she must be a cyborg or a highly-trained ninja assassin. Clearly, I had been reading too much Bleach. Also, on the front cover there is a message from Bear Grylls that proclaims the book to be, “An incredible adventure and great page-turner.” Because of this statement I thought there would be a lot of gross survival stuff
Rhondda Powling
This story has parallels with the Henderson's Boys series by Robert Muchamore. It is the summer of 1941. Two teenagers, Otto and Leni, have evaded Hitler's Nazi followers, and feel lucky to have escaped to the safety of England. Both of them have skills that the British Secret Service deem useful for a secret mission. It will take them back into the heart of Nazi Germany and put them both in peril. However, they both feel obliged to help England's war efforts and agree to undertake this mission ...more
Kim (Book Swoon)
Hitler's Secret is a action packed, page-turning spy adventure set during World War II featuring two young and heroic teens.

Otto and Leni have escaped from war-torn-Europe and are living in England as refugees. But theses two young teens have abilities that the secret service is in desperate need of, and soon the British are recruiting them into the secret service as spies! Before they know it, Otto and Leni are being air dropped back into the heart of Nazi territory. Their mission is to bring b
Hitler's Secret
By William Osborne

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Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped -- barely -- from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!

Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto's and Leni's fa
Like James Bond, Otto and Leni are handpicked for an important mission, which is to remove a 9 year old girl from Nazi Germany. Osborne writes a fast-paced mystery that I believe many of my seventh graders would enjoy. The book is an easier read, although a few British terms and German words are included. Osborne incorporates Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Muller, and Reinhard Heydrich into the text, and reading the book caused me to want to learn a little more about these Germans.
There were some good parts to this novel. I liked the relationship between Leni and Otto, and I also liked their misson. The stunts and quick getaways were an added bonus. But I absolutely despised the ending of this book. It defeated the purpose of the entire novel for me. I felt like there was so much going on throughout the plot and at the end it just fell flat. I won't spoil the ending for you, just in case you want to read this book, but I do not recommend it at all.
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