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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Set in the desperate turmoil of Germany during the final chapter of World War II, “Paper Boats” by Erndell Scott is an emotionally intense, theatrical, suspense-driven read, examining the inevitable crossing of ideology, prejudice and faith amongst the chaos of a decimated post-war culture. As each character strives to find their own safety from enemies and persecution, tw ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published February 2016 by Erich Scott Group, LLC
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Erndell Scott Dear Marty,

Thank you for your question. The answer is yes. Paper Boats will enhance your understanding of the times that took place during the last c…more
Dear Marty,

Thank you for your question. The answer is yes. Paper Boats will enhance your understanding of the times that took place during the last chapter and the months beyond of World War II.

I weave my fictional characters among real characters heavily embellished with factual, researched events and situations following customs, religions and societal values and morals.

The fact is that very little has been written (as a novel) about this era and time in the war. Through my characters journey you will live the last frightful days of Berlin. You’ll go deep into Hitler’s bunker and witness the German High Command’s conversations. You will travel through broken and torched Germany and Poland. You will get clarity of emotion of what the armies, both German and Russian, were up against and you’ll feel their despair, loss and utter hopelessness. You’ll get a very good picture of what the civilians were doing, how they lived, survived, and carried on. You will know their plight, pain and suffering.

I promise that Paper Boats will completely remove you from your modern day element and place you into a very dark and misunderstood time.

Thanks for your question!
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*


This is how historical fiction should be done.

It took me all of 30 pages to know that I would love this book. 30 pages, when there’s more than 400, that’s all I needed. Because right from the very first paragraph, I was impressed by the writing and imagery. It was incredible . I mean, here’s a snippet from
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was pleased to have won 'Paper Boats' not that long ago in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This is one of my favourite genres and really enjoyed reading this book. I rarely write what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others, but if you enjoy books based around trying the final days of WW2 whereby 2 young boys (one in the Hitler Youth and the other being a Jew) forge a friendship, then this is a book that I would recommend.
Julie Carpenter
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. There were several parts that I really enjoyed and several that I really struggled with. It took me until about halfway through the book to really feel hooked. The last couple chapters I didn't want to put the book down, yet I ended up skimming a lot of the pages.

For me the biggest reason was the voice of the main character Otto. Did I care for him as a character? Yes. Was his story compelling? Yes. But I really had a hard time right from the star
Marty Fried
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was given a copy of this book via a Goodreads contact. It looked interesting, as I'm Jewish and enjoy reading about the Nazi era, trying to understand how it happened. So, I guess I felt I owed it to the author to finish the book and write a review, even though I'm not a very sophiticated reader, nor a good reviewer. I mostly read mysteries, some historical fiction, and some scattered other fiction.

This book challenged my feelings about what I like to read. First of all, it was written in a ma
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book grew on me and I’ve got to say I really liked it. But be warned, you have to put on a whole new reading cap when flipping the pages because this book is not what I’ll call an expected historical novel. I read the reviews written here and I think those readers expected something this book isn’t. But the unexpected is why I liked it. It’s more of a movie than a book because the images and dialogue are vivid, big and sometimes over the top. The writer really sweeps you up and takes you al ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was given a copy for an honest review.

Read my full review here:

Paper Boats was an amazing, disturbing, confrontational yet moving historical fiction about World War 2 and the fall of Germany to the allied forces. It perfectly echoes the chaos and grimness and general despair of that period.

Only problem I had was that I thought the language used didn't fit what an 11 year old would normally use (in my opinion).
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Juvenile story. Not much depth. Voice of characters is confusing and laughable.
Steve Beaudet
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rarely am I moved enough to write a review on a book I’ve read. Paper Boats by Erndell Scott is the exception.

The book takes place in war torn Germany during the final days of WWII. It follows two young boys, Otto and Joseph. One a Hitler youth and the other a Jewish boy, torn from his family and pressed into service as a courier for the German army.

This is ultimately a story of a friendship that develops between these young boys, but the circumstances as to how these two become friends is a lon
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I recently finished reading this book. I'm in the publishing business and someone gave it to me to review. There are positives and negatives about this book. The premise of the book is original and fresh. The author has talent in weaving a complex story through actual events. However, where the book failed miserably is the dialogue and that the characters were not completely flushed out. If this book had come on my table prior to being published, I would have advised the author to hire a very co ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I got this book from a friend as I love historical fiction. I liked parts of this book but found a lot of it hard to read and a little boring. I liked the concept of the book, about a boy surviving at the end of WWII. The premise was interesting and exciting but the execution of the book is what made it an average read. Things just did not add up and the story felt contrived. For example, a 9 year old boy would miss his family more than a childhood friend. People can't recover from fatal injurie ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Paper Boats" by Erndell Scott. Just like its title, this book doesn't float very long in the waters of historical fiction. The story has got good bones, but the dialogue is atrocious and quite comical. The author tries to be inventive and create a new way of telling historical fiction, but it doesn't work out. The superficiality doesn't capture the depth of human nature and the survival of the human spirit that is standard for historical fiction. I for one didn't relate to his central character ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I borrowed this book from a friend and just finished reading it. Hmm...I really wanted to love this book but it fell short for me. Firstly, I did not get the feel of historical fiction. Maybe the author researched a lot but it does not translate into the book. It did not transport me into that era and felt shallow. I couldn't relate to the voice of the characters and the theme. What is this book really about?Survival? The horrors of war? It jumped from action to action and there was no emotional ...more
Sam Justin
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a historical fiction buff and just finished reading this book. I enjoyed how the author wove a heart warming fictional story into factual events of WWII. I think it's a well researched book and well written. I just did not quite fall in love with his characters and found that I could not suspend my disbelief about the protagonist, a 9 year old boy, who survives the horrors of war. Conflict was built up well but sometimes resolved too easily or co-incidentally, that made parts of the book unb ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Childish, cliche'd. Superficial emotionally. Action created just for the sake of evoking an emotional response, rather than being pertinent in story. Reads like a movie not a book. Tries to be serious, meaningful given the theme but turns out to be silly and childish and unconvincing. Rampant with exposition and descriptive dialogue. Author did not commit to genre'. Tries to be original, inventive, but cannot pull it off. ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Paper Boats' by Erndell Scott is a captivating glimpse into portions of World War II that you don't read about in history books. This book follows a young Jewish boy trying to figure out his place in the world at the end of the war. Go behind enemy lines with Otto, the young protagonist, as he makes life and death decisions and wages his own internal battle with acceptance.

Great read so far, and I can't wait to finish!
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is trying so hard to be serious literature, but is shallow, boring in places and has no real depth as far as historical fiction goes to make it credible. A lot of exposition with the characters explaining what they are doing or talking to themselves about what they are feeling or thinking, like a bad soap opera. I could not finish this book.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Well written. Author has good command of language and expressing himself. Story was good at some places and trite at some. Many cliches. Starts of well, engages the reader, then veers of to "page skippers." Good imagination for the genre it is written in. Overall an okay read. ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Erndell Scott's "Paper Boats"- Poetic author, Cinematic writing. Good start, get's slow and tedious in the middle, good end even though predictable. ...more
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Born and raised in a rural town in New Jersey, Erndell Scott spent his childhood ‘imagining it’ as he ran around in the woods, built forts, played cowboys and Indians and re-lived episodes of the Saturday morning World War II saga, 'Combat!'

Despite studying in college to be in the forestry profession, when career choice time was upon him, Erndell found himself drawn to the bigger, faster, more dy

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