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review 2016-11-29 16:48
Edelweiss Pirates: Operation Einstein (Volume 1)
Edelweiss Pirates: Operation Einstein (Volume 1) - Mark A. Cooper

Great book for teens who are high school and above it is set in the time of WW2 and is fun because Author Mark A. Copper mixes the reality of historic events with the incredible fiction and a bit of creative licensing with respect to the story line. There is enough truth however to be a mind expanding pleasant read for most teens male or female.

The characters are very well developed know their job within the story and all work in harmony to get that story told which with this detailed of a story line is difficult at best. Cooper pulls it off well and with irreverent sometimes wickedly funny runs on his prose.

I really think he has a great talent for dialoge that brings out the pathos of the characters while allowing us a glimpse at some of the nuances that make them more interesting then passive, perfect people.

The interesting part is that it is marked as Volume 1. I hope to read more of the series, the author left us hanging when a character mentions Fritz gets captured by the Nazi's.

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review 2014-06-25 08:30
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow [Audiobook] - A very thought-provoking book for high schoolers
Hitler Youth - Susan Campbell Bartoletti,Kathrin Kana

I read this for a YA class several years ago and was amazed at the information and the telling of it. I read the book version, full of pictures that help recite the tale, and thought that for my re-read I'd try the audiobook. And while I couldn't seem to get the enhanced CD functions to work, I found this version quite good.


The reason for this is the narrator's clear knowledge of the German language. I'd liked that the author had included many terms in their original language, with the English translation directly after. Though I hadn't considered it when I picked it up, a non-German speaking narrator would have butchered the names and terms. Instead, her slight accent and excellent pronunciation added to the superb text.

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review 2014-02-06 00:00
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow - Susan Campbell Bartoletti

I was not an easy adolescent to rear. Or maybe I was just typical. My teenage years definitely featured more than a few slammed doors and threats to never talk to my parents again, along with the occasional 'I wish xxx's parents were my parents.' Now just imagine if these types of disagreements ended with angst-ridden teens shouting "I wish Hitler were my father." But instead of a slammed door they go to school where they're learning eugenics, tell their 18 year old teacher, and then some Nazi soldiers show up and the parents mysteriously disappear for three weeks.

Powerful children (especially en masse) are supremely creepy to me.

Pair that with the atrocities of Nazi Germany and you've got something truly tragic and disturbing. It was not by accident that Hitler rose to power on the shoulders of young people. The things we learn when we are young become a part of us in a way that's so deeply rooted it takes something truly extraordinary to shake our beliefs.

I can't say I learned a lot of new facts from this book, but is was interesting to hear individual stories of when and how young people questioned or followed the leaders of the Third Reich. Also, in Hitler Youth one of the classes for the girls was Charm! That just blew my mind.

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review 2013-06-12 00:00
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow - Susan Campbell Bartoletti Wow.
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review 2010-08-04 00:00
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow - Susan Campbell Bartoletti Award-winning nonfiction that personalizes the children who belonged to the Hitler Youth—the largest youth group in history. Stunningly good account but definitely not for kiddlewinks.Edition: Unabridgedwriten by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Read by Kathrin KanaBlurb - By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti tells the history of this organization that begins with Hitler's rise to power and moves to the development of the movement, how and what its participants were taught, and the ways their roles changed with the onset of World War II. But this work of nonfiction is much more than an outline of dates. Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. She does this through extensive research and includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.This Newbery Honor book is enhanced by the narration of Kathrin Kana, who voices the facts and information as a compelling story and leaves the listener to gradually become aware of the implications of Hitler's plans for Germany and the Hitler Youth. Hitler's exploitation of Germany's young bought their devotion to the Nazi cause while blinding them to the true motives behind his quest for power. Kana's steady voice propels the narrative to its conclusion without diminishing the story's brutality. A concluding slideshow of photographs (to be viewed on computer) adds an important dimension to the narrative and demonstrates a meaningful innovation for audiobooks. An added bonus is an introduction and epilogue spoken by the author, which add power to the presentation.
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