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The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

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Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler. Written by two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the young ...more
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Published September 13th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born into a wealthy and influential family in Berlin, Germany. As a young child he often thought about the accomplishments his parents and siblings had achieved. He wanted to live a life that mattered and to make a difference in the world. He chose to become a Lutheran minister.

When Hitler and the Nazi party rose to power, Bonhoeffer could not condone the actions he saw taking place. As more and more unjust laws which blatantly targeted Jews were passed, Bonhoeffer began
Preston M.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is arguably one of my favorite books to date. It gives me a clear view on what Hitler did and what happened to the people. This book is powerful and I got emotional when Hitler killed so many. Overall it deserves a 5 star rating. Anyone who likes history and war books would love this book. I am glad I bought it at the book fair!
Colin King
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I never knew about Dietrich or that he tried to kill Hitler.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The life of an amazing man, retold by a talented author.
Kim Bahr
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick, powerful read! Learned so much about events after WWI, the beginning of Hitler’s rule, and opposition to Hitler. Many ideas to ponder!
Richie Partington
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER: DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, SPY, UNLIKELY HERO by Patricia McCormick, Balzer & Bray, September 2016, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241108-2

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.”
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“...Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.”
-- Martin Niemoller

In THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER, young readers are provided an introduction to the rise of madman Adolf Hitler. Patricia McCormick’s well-researched and documented history
Mary Clare
Though it is scrupulously well-researched and earnest in its message, I found this biography of a hero of the German resistance to the Nazi regime to be pretty dry. I wish that McCormick had infused it with more of the dramatic tension that is so well-done in her fiction. I did sell quite a few copies of this at our recent book fair, so I will be curious to hear feedback from my middle school World War II scholars.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC from Young Adult Books Central

There is no end to stories that could be told about the bravery of ordinary people during World War II. It it, however, somewhat of a surprise that Bonhoeffer's story has not been told for young readers.

Growing up in a prosperous, educated German household in the early part of the 20th century, Dietrich had seven brothers and sisters who all excelled at whatever activities they were passionate about. Dietrich was the quiet child who was frequently alone. Family
In the midst of reading all the poetry for Cybils Awards, I managed to finish this wonderful non-fiction story of the main characters who surprised everyone in their secret plans to kill Hitler. This will be a great introduction to the way Hitler increased his power, slowly creating more laws against those he deemed not worthy of the Aryan standard, which he created as well. The focus is on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a son of a prominent German family who felt left out when his brothers and sisters f ...more
It's good, and it is written to be accessible to a very young audience for the heavy subject matter. The chapters are very short and often end with heavy foreshadowing.

In the end, Bonhoeffer is kind of a weird choice to be the featured character in this telling of the story of the plot to kill Hitler. His brother-in-law, Hans von Dohnanyi, who was a lawyer for the German court, did most of the risky things. Also, Admiral Canaris, whom I had heard of before. I want to read another book about von
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Wow! I couldn't put this down. At only about 150 pages, it's a very quick read and geared for middle school and up. But all adults should read it. And this true story about how a peaceful, devout Christian pastor, felt the intense need to make his voice heard (even when it involved sacrificing his own life) seems very timely at the moment.
Maxim Shekhtman
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in 5th Grade, but I decided to read it again, it was a decent book.
Jenna Bailey
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
A short book, but well written and something new to me. As far as I can remember, I had never even heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer before.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bonhoeffer’s story is fascinating and inspiring!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ok-books
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Alex (not a dude) Baugh
The fact is that most people don't really know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was or, if they know the name, they aren't sure of what he did beyond opposing the Nazis. To be honest, beyond using a few quotes for papers I have written (my favorite The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children) and knowing why he died young in a German concentration camp, I didn't know that much about his entire life either.

But, in the history of the Third Reich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fast paced, delicious, short chapters and crisp writing

pitch perfect for middle school readers and a little less academically heavy than middle school nonfiction masters like Candace Fleming and Steve Sheinkin
I'm a nut for narrative nonfiction, but especially when it reads like an action-adventure like Sheinkin or Swanson do so well, McCormick's middle grade/YA story about Dietrich Bonhoeffer fascinating. I can see why (and she explains at the end) she was fascinated with his story. The newest popularity, which I'm loving and I know brings a whole new appreciation for YA is the story of those that haven't had their stories told yet. Bonhoeffer is one of them. A deeply religious man who bucked the tre ...more
Mary Sanchez
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, historical
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born and raised in a well-to-do educated German family, but around 1923 decided to study for the ministry, which shaped his idea that church meant getting involved in the problems ordinary people faced. And the problem the people faceds was--Adolf Hitler.

Even as a pacifist, Bonhoeffer became a spy and collaborated with others to assassinate Hitler. Bonhoeffer was only thirty nine when he was killed for saying "yes" to what is right.

This young man's story is so inspiring
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book about WWII. Deitrich Bonhoeffer is a pastor that is also a conspire. Though I didn't agree with all of his views. I still think he was an okay guy.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: The Gestapo would arrive any minute.

Premise/plot: Patricia McCormick tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for elementary-aged readers. It is subtitled pastor, spy, and unlikely hero. Young people likely haven't heard of him at all. So this is a great introduction. The prologue starts at the climax. The first chapter takes us back to his childhood days where we learn that he is a thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent dreamer. This one is very family-focused for the conspiracy to ki
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the cover of this book and thought, "That looks like Dietrich Bonhoeffer." It turns out that I was right. This book tells about the life of Bonhoeffer, a pastor who stood up against Hitler in Nazi times. Bonhoeffer is AMAZING, and this would be a good book for anyone.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
For book talk- p. 106 of hardcover and intro
Ryan Hudson
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-12-eng-356
I love history. World War II is endlessly interesting. This man is endlessly interesting. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor during WWII and he was motivated to anything he can to help fight Nazi-ism in Germany, while trying to help those around him, and also keep the commandments.
This book is a fast paced version of a biogrophy. It covers Bonhoeffer's whole life and also lays a brief layout of what was happening in Germany during this time as well. Bonhoeffer is a pacifist and doesn't believe in
Rachel Smith
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng356-1-12
When the threat of war is the main thought in many people’s lives, there is no doubt that actions will arise that may or may not have dire consequences. Within "The Plot To Kill", Dietrich are thrust into World War 2 with limited information and biased reactions. In the midst of the wars and crises’ of faith surrounding him, Dietrich Bonhoeffer felt lonely and left out of the passionate jobs and hobbies that his family held. He had no idea what was about to come and where his life was about to h ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Plot to Kill Hitler is a non-fiction biographical book about a man with unwavering belief. From a young age Bonhoeffer was always interested in God and the mysteries of God. He later became a Lutheran Pastor in Germany, though never having his own parish. He travelled the world studying with others, often times not even of the same faith. Then Hitler and his antics arose to power in Germany. This changed the way Bonhoeffer taught.He began to question everything Hitler did, his laws, actions, ...more
Like my review of The War That Saved My Life said, I love World War II era content. I avidly consume anything that has to do with that time, even historical accounts that tend to be dry and not filled with a lot of action. So The Plot to Kill Hitler was right up my alley, and I enjoyed reading and researching more about the story surrounding Bonhoeffer and the Third Reich.

The story follows a mostly historical account of preacher Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who worked as a pastor until the rise of the T
Ciara Watts
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356
My husband LOVES documentary type books and movies... I usually opt for the sci-fi, dystopian, fiction route. That said, I probably never would have picked this book up on my own. I'm glad it was an assignment though because I enjoyed reading it! It was written in a smart way- it had all the facts a textbook would give me, yet it was written as a suspenseful narrative! I was reading all about a religious man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his quest to help the people when Hitler and the Nazis cam ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a religious pacifist pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would not have come to mind related to a plot to kill Hitler during WWII. The intent was to stop the war as well as the Nazi killing machine that was destroying millions of lives. The strength of his convictions was a result of constant internal struggle about whether it was acceptable to kill someone who represented evil itself. I read another much longer excellent book titled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, that covers his life in m ...more
Ashley Thacker
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is not the most well-known person of World War II, but he had a huge influence on many people. Growing up in a more affluent family, Dietrich was one of seven children and he struggled to find his place until the moment he decided that he wanted to go into the church. A pacifist and idealist, Bonhoeffer was opposed from the beginning to Hitler and his plans. With the influence of his friends and family as well as trips to the United States, Bonhoeffer realized that it was req ...more
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Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer. She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A. from New School University in 1999. Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self-injures herself. This was followed by My Brother's Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother's ad ...more