Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142406519
  • 240 Pages
  • Puffin Books
  • 10 and up


An emotional, thought-provoking book from multi-award-winning author Bette Greene.

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father’s rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.

“An exceptionally fine novel.” —The New York Times

“Courageous and compelling!”  —Publishers Weekly

A National Book Award Finalist
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year 
Summer of My German Soldier

Summer of My German Soldier

Bette Greene


ALA Notable Book – award
New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year – award
Golden Kite Award for Fiction – winner
National Book Award – finalist


Puffin Modern Classics
Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Julius Lester
Illustrator: Tom Feelings
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