Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

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We begin with the book that taught us that Germans are people, too! Young Patty learns about the world in her small town.

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1990 - Connecticut - Challeged in curriculum at Burlington and Hawinton schools for profanity and "subject matter that set bad examples and gives students negative views of life."

1996 - New Jersey - Temporarily removed from 8th grade supplemental reading list in Cinnaminson for "offiensive racial stereotypes."

2002 - Challenged for racism, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.

#55 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009


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Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. ALA. 2014.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier. Bantam Starfire. 1983.

Marshall University Libraries. "SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER." Retrieved on 17 Aug 01 from

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene [USED]

Own the September 2017 book of the Banned Library Podcast, Summer of My German Soldier. Has all the notes and random musings and stains from the library.

From the back cover:

"The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will ahunt 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."

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