In alternating scenes, Dieter Hedrick rises through the Hitler Youth, helps dig the anti-tank trenches of the Siegfried Line after D-Day, and with little training becomes a member of the Fifteenth Army. That they need to be proud to be white and be willing to fight and kill the Others and race traitors in order for the white race to maintain superiority. This book is incredibly moving and heart-wrenching. He's seen how boys who weren't much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he really can be something. He tried really hard to save Dieter and came so close, but unfortunately failed. He trains hard after that to prove to the Nazis that he is a soldier, not a boy.
The twist is that one is a American and one is a German. The story takes place in the 1940's during World War 2. There's no profanity and only occasional, semi-graphic descriptions of war and open wounds blood, intestines, etc. How do you know if it is first peron point of view? He believes that LuAnn can't really see the kind of man he will be. More than anything, he wants to prove his bravery to himself and the superiority of Germany to all others.
Dean Hughes offers young readers a wrenching look at parallel lives and how innocence must eventually be shed. Spencer is the American who joins the forces at 17 and Dieter is the German member of Hitler Youth who is called to serve at 15. Maybe all anyone ever needs is for someone to notice them, to observe them. Dieter believes his father may have been a coward, given that he shows no evidence of having done anything great. Now he is determined to make it to the front lines, to push back the enemy and defend the honor of the Fatherland.
Two young men that decided to join their respective countries armed services. Dieter soon sees death when one of his crew is killed by aircraft fire, and a deserter is tied up and shot. Please comment on this post after you have finished reading the book. Agree or disagree with them. A compelling tale of two boys and their painful transformation to manhood, this book appeals to all.
In Dieter's case, it's an older man -- the German voice of wisdom -- named Schaefer who is paired with the youth for reasons that will become apparent. I didn't want to stop because the author kept the action going with no problems at all. Did anyone even care that Ted had died for nothing? Everyone will respect him and look up to him. When we got to the historical fiction section of our textbook, we were told to read a book of this genre. I thought that Soldier Boys gave me considerable insight into the cruelties of war, and why war appealed, and still appeals, to so many.
Are you a peace-lover or a war-supporter?!? I think I would have done the same thing. The story is very moving yet action packed. Fifteen-year-old Spencer Morgan is a Mormon living in just outside Brigham City, Utah with his mother, father, his nineteen-year-old brother Robert and his sister Louise, and his eleven-year old brother, Lloyd. He believes Germany has the high ground in the war and is simply protecting itself from America, Russia and Poland. After spending time in a camp on Salisbury Plain, west of London, Spence and Ted who are part of the 17th Airborne Infantry Division, are being sent to the Ardennes Forest. There is lots of graphic words that sends the picture right into your mind.
My life took a different turn, and I decided against enlisting in the service. Although the battles can be too gory for some people's tastes, it describes the characters thoughts and pains very well. Book Summary: The title of this book is Soldier Boys and it was written by. I also enjoy narrative nonfiction. Do not look direct at d'sun.
Find out what happens to these boys by reading Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes. The story, The Kid Comes Back by John R. Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. In my not so spare time I love designing new programs for our library!! Their worst fear was that the war would end too soon -- that they wouldn't get the chance to prove themselves. Spencer Morgan And Dieter Hedrick Are On Opposite Sides Of The War And Fighting For The Same Thing. Tree Taylor from The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall. One is heavily propagandized and brainwashed and patriotic to a fault, the other naive and hoping to prove his worth on the battlefield.
On the minus side, his plot skips awkwardly at times and the pacing runs in fits and starts. Both boys get their wishes when they are tossed into intense conflict during the Battle of the Bulge. I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read about war. I read the background of the book, Soldier Boy, and I was instantly intrigued. Dieter is drafted into Hitler youth and is shipped off to a training camp.
The story jumps ahead to December, 1941. Throughout the story both boys overcome obstacles all the while sticking to their beliefs and promises that lead to a heart wrenching turn of events at the end of the story. I gave 5 stars because the book make me think about all of the people who died in the war. Suspense was always around the corner. Both boys are under-aged and immature, enlisting for the wrong reasons. But his father is not happy, telling Spence that he is not mature enough and that he suspects Spence wants to prove something to LuAnn.