Summer Of My German Soldier

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Summer of My German Soldier By: Bette Greene The fiction novel Summer of My German Soldier was written by Bette Greene. The setting takes place in a little town next to Little Rock, Arkansas. Where the author of the books Summer of my German Soldier, Morning is a Long Time Coming, Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe, and Get On Out Of Here, Philip Hall grew up.

The novel is based on a time period where African Americans were called "Nigers" and Germans were called "Nazis". The book has internal conflict and external conflict. The character in the novel (Patty) struggles with opposing feelings when she wants to run away with Anton, but at the same time she wants to stay at home and keep herself and family from shame , humiliation, and taunting from town critics. Patty experiences external conflict when she stays and gets convicted of harboring an escaped "Nazi" prisoner in her garage.

After Patty is sent off to a reform school/prison she experiences growth and is inspired to become a reporter.

All the characters in this novel are round. Patty's character shows good qualities when she falls in love with Anton, she likes her little sister , and takes her punishments without complaining about them. She showed bad qualities when she did not want to obey Ruth by putting on her good clothes to go to town. Her character is believable, it has internal conflict, and her character also has growth which is all the qualities needed to be round. Anton, Ruth, and the rest of the characters all go through believable problems, show growth, have good and bad qualities, and show internal and external conflict.

I think the novel Summer of My German Soldier was a good book. But the book would have been better if Anton had not died at the end and Patricia was not sent to a reform school/prison. I liked the part in the book where Patty gets to go with Charline Madlee to the prison camp to help her with the article she was doing was good. The part gave more details about Anton and how he escaped. So over all I think the book was one of those books that are good the first time you read it, but not one of those you like to read over again.