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Auslander [Kindle Edition]

Paul Dowswell
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Book Description

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland. But Peter is Volksdeutscher-of German blood. With his blond hair and blue eyes, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler Youth poster. The Nazis decide he is racially valuable. Indeed, a prominent German family is pleased to adopt such a fine Aryan specimen into their household. But despite his new "family," Peter feels like a foreigner-an ausländer-and he is forming his own ideas about what he sees and what he's told. He doesn't want to be a Nazi. So he takes a risk-the most dangerous one he could possibly choose in 1942 Berlin. . . .

Paul Dowswell weaves meticulous research into a thrilling narrative, exposing a different angle of the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Editorial Reviews


“Dowswell presents a familiar portrait of Nazi Germany, but it stands out from a crowded field because of its inclusion of less-familiar elements… The characters are rich and nuanced, flawed people caught up in a terrible time; the action is swift and suspenseful; and the juxtaposition of wartime nobility and wartime cruelty is timeless.” The Horn Book Magazine
“What it was like to grow up in war-torn Berlin is the core drama here… this is a strong addition to the WWII curriculum.” Booklist
“This is a different view of Germany during World War II than that usually found in young adult fiction and would provide many discussion points. Highly Recommended.” Library Media Connection
“An unflinching account of a rarely told side of the Holocaust.” Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

PAUL DOWSWELL is a former researcher and editor who now writes full-time. He has written more than fifty highly acclaimed books, many of them award winning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599906333
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C9GAFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Engaging as well as historically accurate, this is a novel to be reckoned with.
Some of the characters do not become well known, but the premise and storyline are very clear and dramatic, leaving you wanting to come back for more when you have to set the book down for dinner. If you enjoy this genre of storyline, you will enjoy this one immensely. I was drawn in, captured and remained until I was finished.

I would suggest this for readers of preteen on up, due to the nature of the story and all that it entails. 304 pages, I would not call it a fast read but it does move along with a good pack and punch at times.

Not many writers put so much time, research and consideration in to a novel of this nature. This careful attention to detail is appreciated immensely as you read along, as you not only find yourself walking the story out with the characters but also learning more about this time and place in history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had very high expectations for The Auslander, and while it proved to be the most historically precise young adult novel of this time period that I have read, it was unfortunately not the most dramatic piece of fiction. To me, good historical fiction must combine it's precise historical elements with taut plotting and well rounded characters in order to be successful. While I did feel firmly entrenched in the time period, the characters were not engaging. I did not feel that I ever really knew Peter, and so did not particularly like him. He often times seemed emotionally flat, experiencing the horrific events recounted in the book in a rather detached manner that just didn't jive. The supporting cast of characters often came across as caricatures, with little time given to character exploration. I wanted to know more about what motivated the "100 percenters" or devout Nazis, and what motivated the people who decided to help. The pacing sometimes sagged, leaving me sneaking peeks ahead to see what was going to happen next.

This book was very informative. I learned some new things about this time period and did gain a new perspective on the roles of German children during this time. I do applaud the book for an ending that was very well done, and one scene in particular between Peter and his foster sister Elsbeth that was absolutely chilling. So, a five star for it's historical accuracy but just a three star for it's fictional characters. Just okay for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 10, 2014
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pretty good read but jumps from peronanatliets to much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars! February 17, 2014
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Although the freaked me out a bit with the human material stuff, i realized that wars just history! 5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view of Nazi Germany June 5, 2013
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I found this book really interesting. It combined the views of pro-Nazi Germans and those who were against the persecution of the Jews and other "undesirable" people. The book was about one boy and two families. One family was zealous in their pro-Nazi views, while th views of other family was more anti-Nazi. I loved watching Peter find his own way and discover his own values. It was a great book for anyone who has an interest in WWII and the Holocaust.
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