Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
It’s morning. Soft gray light slips over the tall red brick wall. It stretches across the exercise yard and reaches through the high-barred windows. In a cell on the ground floor, the light shifts dark shapes into a small stool, a scrawny table, and a bed made of wooden boards with no mattress or blanket. On that bed, a thin, huddled figure, Helmuth, a boy of seventeen, lies awake. Shivering. Trembling.
It’s a Tuesday.
The executioner works on Tuesday.
Review by Rose Thornton:
The Boy Who Dared is a work of historical fiction based on the true life of a German teenage boy, Helmuth Hubener, and his courage to stand up against Nazi evils during WWII. For this, Helmuth was executed by the Germans for treason at the age of seventeen. Bartoletti is a good writer, but I did not care for the format she used with switching back and forth from previous time to the present time setting of the book. She did include interesting information at the end of the book about Helmuth, his family, and friends, and also several touching photos and a timeline for the Third Reich. Bartoletti also gave a good explanation to readers of what a work historical fiction is at the back of the book. I enjoyed this story of a young war hero, a youth not in a military force, but one who believed in the pen being mightier than the sword.
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Length: 192 Pages