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The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Jan 08, 12

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The Boy Who Dared is a historical fiction novel based on the true story of Helmuth Hubener, a young german boy trying to make sense of the changing world around him. Although Helmuth has to join the Hitler Youth since it is a requirement, some of the ideals of Hitler and the Fatherland do not sit well with him. He loves his country, but as more and more restrictions are placed on the German citizens and he sees his rights being taken away, he starts to question whether Hitler really wants peace as advertised when he was running for office.

Helmuth finally decides that what Hitler is doing is wrong, and is mostly upset at the lack of objective news coverage. He feels betrayed by his own country, and decides to do something about it. He begins to secretly write and distribute pamphlets that tell the truth about the war; all of the information gathered from the forbidden BBC Radio broadcast.

Despite the content, this novel is very easy to read- probably written for 13-17 year olds. The most shocking part of this entire book is how you forget how young Helmuth is. By the end of the novel, Helmuth is only seventeen years old.

This novel is an interesting insight into how much effort Hitler and the SS put into keeping the German population in the dark, and how eager they were to believe the best in Hitler. If you really enjoy reading about WWII or the Holocaust, I’d recommend this novel, as it gives a different perspective to the war than most novels. If you’re not particularly interested in the subject, however, I’d skip this book.

3/5 Stars
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