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Wulffson, Don L.
New York : Viking, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
ISBN 067088863X

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Erik Brandt leaves Germany for the Russian front on his 16th birthday.  The glorious war is no longer going well for the Germans.  So many have died that boys are taking the place of men on the front lines.  Erik is being sent to Russia as a translator, but soon finds himself trapped with death all around him.  He is wounded and trying to play dead so the Russians won't shoot him.  When the opportunity arises, Erik trades uniforms with a dead Russian and allows himself to be taken to a hospital as a Russian soldier.  Based on a true story, we see the horror that was WWII and the face of someone who did not believe in the Nazi cause and followed his own principles as best he could. (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Booktalk #2

Erik Brandt was the kid that got the name X from the Nazis when he was in World War 2 he was actually a German soldier but was wounded. So he killed a Russian and took his cloths for he could get health medication for all of his wounds. He was afraid that he was going get caught and get put in prison by the Russians. He got wounded in the gut from a German soldier when he saw the enemy cloths he shot. Will he survive? Does he make it home? Will he be caught and taken prisoner of war?  (Sam Gulliver, Mansfield High School student)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Soviet Union -- Fiction.


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