The Robber and Me
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The Robber and Me

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Boniface Schroll, a shy orphan, is left all alone in a cold, dark forest, a big man in a black hat rescues him. The next day he awakens in his Uncle Emil's house. Boniface, who wants a place to call home, likes the people in the small farming village. But when he hears about the many robberies committed by a man wearing a big black hat, Boniface wonders if he should r...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 9th 1999 by Yearling (first published 1997)
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I thought that this book was overall, pretty good. The story starts out kind of slow, Boniface being dropped off right away doesn't make you feel connected to him, so you don't really care. Plus, as the book goes on, the only way he grows is by getting attached to the other characters and that doesn't make him grow very much. The other characters in the book are fairly likeable, basically everybody is. Christian Knapp is a very cool character because he is how every boy wants to be. Respected by...more
I'd probably give this a 3.5. It's a good historical novel about a young orphan boy who had to go live with his uncle who was mayor of the small village in Germany. It takes place in 1867. I learned much about people and customs of the times, plus the story was very interesting, and had a good ending. It was fun to watch Boniface's uncle change and the uncle and Boniface's relationship develop.

The book is an ALA Notable Children's Book, winner of the 1998 Mildred I. Batchelder Award for Transla...more
Douglas Sims
May 14, 2013 Douglas Sims rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: seventh graders
Recommended to Douglas by: librarian
I got this to give to a 13-year-old for summer reading. It's mildly entertaining. The characters are a bit flat and the story arc is predictable but it wasn't bad. I can imagine it might appeal to 7th and 8th grade boys and not many others.
When I was younger, this was one of my favorite books, and one of the only ones I ever stopped to re-read. Years later, I just remembered it and have a sudden desire to go read it again and remember why I liked it so much. :)
I have a soft spot for books originally written in German and translated into English. this was a cute story--on the young side of "young adult fiction."
I revisted this Batchelder Award winner and discovered it was just as delightful as it was the first time I read it.
Jane Baker
wish the main character was challenged more
Read as part my son's history lessons.
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Josef Holub was born in Neuern, Bohemia, and lived through the Second World War in his early teens. By his own account, he has earned his living as a smuggler, a mason, a mail carrier, a postal administrator, and a village mayor. He published his first book, a memoir of his own war years, in 1997, when he was sixty-seven. Since then, he has published six more books and has won many awards, includi...more
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