Cover of "Summer Of My German Soldier"
Cover of Summer Of My German Soldier

Inspired by the  post about found at Courage 2 Create blog here on WordPress about short stories to read before you die. This post is about books instead of short stories though.

  1. Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene.I originally stumbled on this book through a computer game designed to encourage children to read.  Yes, it is written on the reading level of a middle school child but it is a wonderful book all the same. The friendship of a Jewish girl and a German POW flies in the face of everything considered right in small town 1940’s era Arkansas but against all odds it endures,putting forth once more the simple truth that doing what is right and and what is easy are not always one and the same. The book also contains the most well thought out simple breakdown of how and why the psychology Hitler used to convince people that his crusade was just worked as well as it did. Even after four years of college I have yet to find a better explanation than the one offered by fictional character Anton Riker.
  2. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Another middele grade book adults would do well to revisit. The way she combines fiction and history is awesome.
  3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman Any adult who appreciates satire should read this book.

You can buy the books at Amazon by clicking the titles.

 

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