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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,113 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable. He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to ado ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 2nd 2009 by Bloomsbury (first published January 1st 2009)
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Siobhán Bayertz
Jul 07, 2012 Siobhán Bayertz rated it it was amazing
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I really loved this book! It was extremely touching and well written. There a lot of books flying around under the topic of World War 2 and this book, though on the same topic, gives us a different outlook/insight on it. Reading this book I felt as if I was there with Peter (main character) Though he is in fact Polish he looks like the perfect German (Volkdeutscher - of German blood)

I also loved this book because it's a very believable if not likely story and is something I plan on reading again
Mariam Abood
My teacher recommended I read this book for a teenage reviewing challenge, and I'm really glad she did because I really ended up enjoying this book.

This book is incredibly underrated, and I feel this book is a lot better than some other books I've read that have been set in Nazi Germany. This was also one of the first young adult books I ever read and I think the fact it was a young adult book made it even better, because this book was able to explore how impressionable teenagers in Nazi Germany
Alex Baugh
May 14, 2013 Alex Baugh added it
Shelves: world-war-2
People of German descent, were considered to be Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans living outside of Germany) by the Nazis, who wanted to bring these 'misguided wanderers' heim ins Reich (home to the Reich).

And that is almost exactly what Piotr Bruck is - a blond hair, blue eyed 13 year old Volksdeutscher, living in Poland, not far from the Russian border. I say almost, because Piotr had a grandparent who was Polish, not German. Left orphaned in June 1941 when his parents car got in the way of the G
El Cuaderno de Chris
Jul 14, 2015 El Cuaderno de Chris rated it really liked it
Una historia interesante basada en hechos reales, el inicio y el final tienen un ritmo frenético, y un tanto lento hacia la mitad del libro, me gustó mucho.
Jul 14, 2016 Robertt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no words to describe this book!!!
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I really like the cover; there's no second-guessing where - and when - this book takes place, and its general subject-matter. It's intriguing, attention-grabbing, ominous, and exciting at the same time. Or maybe that's just because I absolutely love WWII stories.

Characters: Unfortunately, this isn't the book's strong point. To call the characters cardboard is harsh and untrue, but to say that I became attached to them is also a falsehood. Peter Bruck, the protagonist, sta
Sep 28, 2011 Jessikah rated it liked it
I would love to give this one a solid 3.5 stars. The only reason it would not be higher in my ratings scale is the fact that I felt the writing to be inconsistent.

The story on the other hand is one rarely found when dealing with youth WWII literature. While I have read numerous stories of jewish holocaust victims in hiding or on the run, valuable in their own way because to ignore that what happened in literature is criminal for numerous reasons, it is always equally as important to get a sense
Jan 31, 2013 ❤Rosa❤ rated it it was amazing
I picked up Auslander because Goodreads recommended it to me, and then I found it in my library. The minute I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially novels set in World War I or World War II. So, I especially enjoyed this because it was set in a period of history I enjoy reading about – World War II and I couldn’t put it down! It did what books set in the war tend to do: shock, fascinate and be totally absorbing. I also really enjoyed th ...more
Hazel West
Oct 15, 2012 Hazel West rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was a very well-written historical fiction story, well researched and exciting. While it might have had some slow parts, I liked the fact that it seemed like a real story, more than actual fiction. The author did a wonderful job portraying what life was like back in the Nazi occupation and this book even went to extremes that I hadn't really heard about before, but, as explained in the author's note, were completely accurate. For me this book was actually very ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Jul 25, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it it was amazing
Auslander is the German word for “foreigner,” and British novelist Paul Dowswell’s 2009 novel (to be released in the U.S. by Bloomsbury in August 2011) spins a compelling tale of one foreign youth’s experiences in Nazi Germany. When Peter’s parents are killed in the German invasion of Poland, he is sent to a Warsaw orphanage along with other war orphans. But 13-year-old Peter is one of the “lucky” ones; he’s Volksdeutscher--of German blood, with blond hair and blue eyes. He’s therefore selected ...more
Lady Knight
I really loved this one! The historical detail, plot, characters, and background are all done exceedingly well! This will definately rank among my favorite WWII books for youth. My only bone to pick, however, is where I found this book: in the children's section of Chapters. This is not a book for young children, it is a book for teenagers. Granted large parts of it would not be unacceptable to younger ones, but the extreme course language in certain parts, the detailed explanation that one of t ...more
John Makowiecki
Jan 09, 2015 John Makowiecki rated it really liked it
In Auslander, Paul Doswell reveals the story of a young 13 year old boy with blue eyes and blond hair who had just recently lost his parents to a Nazi tank during the German Invasion of Poland. This boy's name was Peter. Peter grew up on a farm just south of Warsaw, but just after his parents were killed, Peter was sent to an orpanage in Warsaw. Since he had a German complexion, Peter was adopted by a Herr and Frau Klatenbach, who had three daughters. As Peter is forced to move to Berlin with hi ...more
Danny Marshall
Oct 07, 2011 Danny Marshall rated it really liked it

When I found this book in the library and read the blurb, it drew me in straight away. Auslander is a German word which translates to mean ‘foreigner’. This book is a story about a young boy Piotr and what it was like to grow up in Poland as a Nordic looking ‘perfect Aryan specimen’ when the Nazi’s began their occupation. This story follows Piotr from his parent’s death and being taken for ‘racial identification’ to his adoption by a respectable German family and his eventual esc
Rebecca- Books
Sep 15, 2010 Rebecca- Books rated it it was amazing
I would say THE most amazing book I have read in a long time. I know I say that about every book mostly but I really loved this one.
Okay. I've said it before. If you saw me on the bus reading this and you knew me pretty well, you would think 'Rebecca wouldn't read that kind of thing!' And it's true, I probably wouldn't but it's history. Which I L.O.V.E. Yes, it needed the dots. When I loved about this book, is that it is like your perfect guide to History GCSE. Everything I've covered in the Ris
Jo Bennie
May 09, 2012 Jo Bennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Young Piotr Bruck shivers as he waits naked in a draughty corridor to be examined by two men in white coats with curious instruments. The year is 1941, the place Warsaw and Piotr is an orphan and outcast, not Polack but Volksdeutscher: a Pole of German ancestry. The queue of boys is split into two and Piotr prays not to be sent to the right, to the covered army truck visible through the open doorway. He does not know the meaning of the truck but senses it cannot be good. Instead his blond hair a ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Sarai rated it really liked it
I did not love this book, but it was a good read. The beginning was interesting, with the main character describing his feelings toward the Nazis and Germany, being adopted into an important family, making new friends. Historical information was disseminated subtly throughout the text. The depiction of stress and tension growing was good. But I did not like the ending. It was one of those endings where the suspense builds and builds and then there is a kind of letdown, an "Oh, that's it?" The ep ...more
I love historical fictions so I had high expectations for The Auslander. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should.

The biggest problem I had with the book was the characters. Peter, out protagonist, was flat most of the time. I felt like I didn’t really know him at all. He sometimes lacks emotions when talking about his parents and his past. His interactions with other characters seemed a bit forced. Peter’s opinion about the Germans changed so quickly that it wasn’t very convincing to me. T
May 20, 2012 Kcee rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the view point of this book. The author really explores the characters thoughts, emotions and changing beliefs. I found this a realistic approach to a sensitive and horrific time in our recent history. Many holocaust books take the views of the jewish people and other victims. This would be a great book for teachers to read in school because it focuses on those who are letting, or helping it happen. The main characters evolution from blond Nazi poster child was very believable, ...more
3,5 estrellas.

Al principio se me hizo un poco pesado, porque el resumen en la solapa hizo que creyera que iba a tener mucho más suspense, cuando en realidad el suspense y la intriga son sólo las últimas 60 páginas. Aún así, me ha parecido una lectura muy interesante, en la que se muestra que la realidad es mucho más complicada que "los buenos" vs "los malos", gracias a que todos los personajes que ha creado el autor, incluidos los secundarios, son redondos y no planos.

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Jul 19, 2015 Glenn rated it liked it
This book is between 2.5 and 3 stars... The story is good and helpful to understand more of WW2 Germany, but slow in some places and very little suspense... Surprising ending which helped the book's story appeal
Erik Saenz
Me pareció un libro olvidable, esta entretenido pero nada mas, no se adentra en los personajes, la historia no es la gran cosa, tiene ciertos aspectos que me agradaron pero no encontré nada especial en el, pero no me pareció malo, simplemente es X, para pasar el rato.
Sep 08, 2011 Ginny rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Very well written.
Esplored a side of WW II I have not read or thought much about.
Rianna (RiannaBlok)
12/45 books read in 2017.

NL: Super spannend en geweldig geschreven. Dit boek laat precies de reden zien waarom ik boeken over de tweede wereldoorlog zo interessant vind: hoe voelt het om in Duitsland te leven? Hoe is het om te leven in een land waarbij de regering je een kant verteld, maar je zelf een andere wereld ervaart? Dit boek is enorm meeslepend en op het eind heb ik niet geslapen ;)

EN: Extremely exciting and amazingly written. This book tells exactly the story of WW2 that I am interested
La république des livres
Pour mon dossier de littérature jeunesse sur la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, j’ai choisi ce roman pour aborder l’embrigadement et la vie en Allemagne pendant cette guerre.

Le roman nous permet de suivre Piotr qui découvre l’Allemagne nazie. Au début, il est subjugué par la Luftwaffe et tout ce qu’il découvre à Berlin. Il ne pose pas de questions. Lorsqu’il rencontre sa voisine Léna, il découvre tout ce que cherche à cacher les nazis.

C’est un roman puissant qui nous permet de vivre dans le Berlin à l
Jan 22, 2017 David rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. Absolutely gripping.
Charles Weinblatt
Jul 28, 2011 Charles Weinblatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Dowswell proffers an intriguing young adult novel of a Polish boy’s experiences in the Hitler Youth program, his gradual recognition of the inherent evil in Nazi philosophy and his brave actions to deter it. Dowswell is a talented writer. His protagonist is well developed, although secondary characters lack clear definition. Dowswell’s descriptions of wartime Germany are vivid and evocative. This novel has exceptional pace and timing.

We are drawn into the mind of Piotr Bruck, a young Polis
Sep 29, 2013 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Pjotr/Peter een Poolse jongen met blauwe ogen en blond haar komt in een weeshuis terecht na de dood van zijn ouders. In het weeshuis wordt hij opgemerkt en bestempeld als een echt Arisch kind dat gered moet worden. Hij komt bij de familie Kaltenbach terecht. Vader, moeder en drie dochters die er strenge nazi sympathieën op nahouden. Peter is echter niet de Hoogduitse jongen die de Kaltenbach hopen dat hij wordt. Peter houdt er zijn eigen ideeën op na.
Als hij verliefd wordt op Anne Reiter, een m
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I'm a big fan of fiction set in and around the Second World War. I don't know what it is that fascinates me, all I know is that it's a particular point of interest, and has been the subject of some of my favourite books. Auslander is a great addition to war fiction, and though it's not up there with The Book Thief or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, it's most definitely worth a read.

By reading the first page alone, you can tell Dowswell has done his homework. His attention to detail is almost fla
Nov 06, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it
Although this book had promise, I think it fell short of what it could have been and never really reached its potential. I didn't think it was particularly well-written, either, and several times, I actually said, "Are you kidding me?" out loud.

That being said, I've never published a book myself, so maybe I'm being too harsh. Others who read it with me really enjoyed it, and I respect their opinions, but I'm sticking to my own for the time being. After talking about it, I feel like it was perhap
dani! ❀
There are few enough books that I simply can't get into. Ausländer is one of them. A book with a title like that would be hard enough to sell in the first place, if the book was actually good. Obviously, this is not the case.

While we're on the topic, let's start with the title. German word: okay then, not bad. However, random German is constantly filtered into sentences throughout, as if to say, "Hey, you're in Germany!" No shit, Sherlock. The total redundancy of these words when a translation i
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