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The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Helmuth is a German LDS youth growing up with gospel doctrines and personal ideals conflicting throughout his adolescence. He is torn between "being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law" (12th Article of Faith), and resisting the evil influences that plague his country, wishing desperately to help free himself and his fellow Germans from the tyrannical bonds of the Nazi's. This is the first book I have read (besides stories written directly for LDS youth) that has the main character as LDS. What makes this even rarer is that it is Holocaust book, which, from past stories, is mainly from a Jewish perspective—in this way, it is easier to understand Helmuth and sympathize for him as he struggles with his inner turmoil. “The Boy Who Dared” is a historical fiction, and it is based on the true story of Helmuth, with a Bibliography at its end that proves the story’s authenticity. I loved reading about how the Saints in Germany dealt with the terrible deeds of their country during WWII, and where their loyalty resided. Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s novel was a truly inspiring read.

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