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The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Jun 20, 2008

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Helmuth, a member of Hitler Youth who disagreed with Nazi politics and policies, wrote and distributed pamphlets calling for resistance. For this he is imprisoned and executed, and the story is told in flashback from his prison cell. Helmuth is an incredible character – believable as an ordinary boy who grows and learns, takes responsibility, and draws upon his conscience to act in the face of evil. Helmuth’s remarkable act of courage will hopefully inspire readers to stand up for their beliefs in the face of opposition. My main problem with this fictionalized account was that this book was not the compelling page turner it really should be. But at least Helmuth’s life story is amazing enough that even mediocre storytelling can’t ruin it. The author’s essay at the end distinguishing fact and fiction and the photographs of Helmuth and his family and friends provide satisfying closure.
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