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WINNER OF Gold Medal for Global E-Books for Multicultural and Bronze Medal Winner for Cultural Fiction in Readers' Favorite International Competition.

It’s 1937, and a fourteen-year-old German youth, Ernst, is part of a secret mission which will send a group of teen-aged boys to London under the pretense of a bicycle tour to spy for the Nazis. The cyclists’ objective: ident
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Published March 31st 2019 by Unsugarcoated Media
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Emi Bevacqua
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Symmetrical setups in pre-WWII Germany featuring 14-yr old Ernst, and present-day American Clark. Both boys have been groomed to infiltrate and report on supposed enemy targets, the German Nationalist Party sends Ernst to the London home of the Rosenbergs, and Clark's so-called Uncle Jax sneaks him into the Khalil residence in Alpharetta, Georgia. Author Lanius does a wonderful job of illustrating picture perfect idealism in both the Jewish and Muslim households, from the landscaping and lush de ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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Book Review: Jugend
Author: Aalia Lanius
Publisher: BuzzBooks/Unsugarcoated Media
Publication Date: March 31, 2019
Review Date: March 18, 2018

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“In 1933, after Hitler's rise to power, the paramilitary HitlerJugend, or Hitler Youth, became the only permitted youth organization in Germany, then known as The Third Reich.
It’s 1937 now, and a fourteen-year-old German youth, Ernst, is part of a secret mission
Dianne McMahan
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sad fictional tale about 2 young boys from.Germany that were groomed at an early age to be soldiers for the Reich.
They were groomed along with other youth,to be spys for the Germans and were sent to America
to do just that,
But something happened while the boys were in America,as both of them grew to love the families that they had been placed with and no longer felt that they were a danger to Germany.
However,you will need to read the book to find out why?
I want to thank Netgalley for the oppor
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, ebooks, netgalley
Wow, I just cant. I had to DNF this after the first five chapters.

I guess being German and reading about this topic as a historical fantasy was my mistake. I should've known better.
The dialogue is awkward and the writing stiff, not to mention that some of the German words that are sprinkled in the story aren't all accurate as in the meaning and use of it in a particular sentence.
If you're interested in this topic I'd rather recommend an autobiography or historical more accurate novel.

The author
Stephanie Clarke
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the past to present in alternating chapters and how they connected in the end. So relevant as to race relations now. I think the more diversity in your life opens your heart to many that you may see as different than yourself. Our differences should separate our sameness should connect us.
Tiffany Oiney_Reads_Another
I’ve just finished Jugend by @aalia_unsugarcoated . I really, really enjoyed it. Historical fiction is my jam, and this one did not let me down! Set up in a very different way for me, with the lead characters, both a WWII era German boy, Ernst, of the Hitler Youth, and a present day boy, Clark, from a White Supremacist group, are sent to infiltrate an enemy family. It was very interesting to come into the story from the side of the haters, rather than from the side of those experiencing
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Jugend” by Aalia Lanius is quite an interesting book in that it treats young men from two different eras as they come to terms with the truths of their beliefs and the effects that has on those around them.

The story begins as a group of select Hitler Youth, with Ernst as a part of the group, are sent to London under the pretense of a bicycle tour to act as spies for the Nazis. They are placed in homes in London and are required to spy on these families. Ernst is place in the home of a wealthy
Monica Reents
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one we all need to read, it is highly relevant to the issues our world is facing. It is passionately written and took me on a ride with both of the main characters. This book is told from two points of view, both are 14-year-old boys living in very different times, yet facing very similar circumstances. I felt disbelief, sadness, shock, fear, hope, and happiness. All before getting to the surprise ending. I could not figure out how the author was going to tie these two stories toget ...more
Blanche Padgett
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was sad easy to read until the end. The ending is a twist I didnt see coming. I felt bad for both boys and at the same time proud of who they became

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So beautifully written. What a journey I went on reading this book.
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Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Jugend.
Firstly, the plot of this novel was amazing! At the same time, some of the events were kind of extreme and seemed quite a bit unlikely (specifically in London). Aalia Lanius's point was clearly made, however and I love the intention--what am honorable purpose for writing! I appreciated this book, but I think some of the characters could have been developed a little more deeply and more some of the sudden events could have had a bit more
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Aalia Lanius, founder of Unsugarcoated Media, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization, is a multiple award-winning American novelist, social entrepreneur and wife to Film Executive Producer and Entertainment Attorney, Joseph Lanius.

A California native and person of multicultural background, Aalia is fully aware of the conflicting psych living in America and has first-hand knowledge of the topics

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