In Bette Greene's award–winning debut novel, a young Jewish girl in the postwar South finds herself drawn to a German prisoner of war When the Army delivers. When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship. World War, -- Arkansas -- Juvenile fiction. Add tags for "Summer of my. Bette Greene. GREENE, BETTE () Like Patty Bergen, the heroine of Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene grew up in Arkansas as the daughter.
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Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene, November 1, , Laurel Leaf edition, in English. 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. Free Summer of My German Soldier study unit worksheets for teachers to print. Comprehension by Review Quiz and writing prompts (PDF File) Vocabulary.
She also talks to a reporter named Charlene Madlee who is convinced Anton had inside help at the prison.
Patty rides along to the prison with Charlene after telling her she wants to be a reporter when she is older. They speak with all of the guards but cannot find any explanation for Anton's seemingly easy escape.
With a prisoner on the loose Patty is not allowed out in the street anymore but luckily has the secret room she has renovated above her parents' garage. This is also where Anton is hiding out, and rather than being scared to see him Patty is actually relieved.
She begins taking food from the kitchen to give to him; she also takes some clothes from her father's closet, giving him the very expensive monogrammed shirt she had given her father in an attempt to make him feel some kind of love for her; it hadn't worked and the shirt remained in its gift box. Anton and Patty enjoy each others company and get to know each other in secret, finding that they both feel lonely, isolated and frightened.
Anton tells her that the cheap pin he bought from her parents' store was the key to his escape as he had told one of the guards the pin was valuable and genuine diamond, which meant that the guard was happy to turn a blind eye to his escape in return for the pin.
One evening as Patty's father is shouting at her for another perceived transgression he begins beating her with his belt, a regular occurrence, and as she is on the ground she sees Anton who has come from his hiding place to defend her; she frantically gestures him to go away so that he does not give himself away and he goes back to the secret room again but not before Ruth, the Bergen's housekeeper Ruth has seen him.
Ruth, who loves Patty like her own daughter, questions Patty about the prisoner and Patty tells her the truth. I'll keep you safe.
A German POW escaped!!! Rising Action When Patty talks to Freddie, she gets into trouble with her father, who abuses her.
Anton runs out to save Patty, nearly risking his life. Please stop!
You're hurting her! Go, Freddy!
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