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From Publishers Weekly

The premise of Hughes's (Family Pose) novel, the disillusionment of two idealistic boys one American, the other German who idealistically insist on hurrying into battle during WWII, proves more compelling than the somewhat uneven plotting and character development. The author effectively portrays the motivations of Hitler Youth leader Dieter, from his nascent aspirations at 10 to the brainwashed zealotry in the name of Hitler that leads him to lobby to be sent into combat at the age of 15. However, the back story describing the motivation of 17-year-old Spence, a Utah Mormon who joins the Airborne paratroopers to prove his toughness to the folks back home (especially one disinterested girl), feels cursory. The pace of the narrative quickens as the boys each experience the gut-wrenching and haphazard realities of war that challenge their starry-eyed, patriotic notions. Though some readers will find a few passages overblown (e.g., "None of this seemed like the stuff Spence had seen in the movies") and Spence's religious epiphany which leads to his rather convenient connection to Dieter implausible, others will appreciate this realistically harrowing depiction of the pointlessness of war. Ages 10-14.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-9-Parallel stories follow teenagers Spence Morgan, a farm boy from Utah, and Dieter Hedrick, a farm boy from Bavaria. Stirred by complex feelings of patriotism and adolescent insecurities, both young men find themselves fighting for their respective countries in World War II. The first part of the story follows Spence from his small-town life to the rigors of basic training as a paratrooper; Dieter has left his family in order to supervise other Hitler youth, digging trenches on the German border. Then suddenly, both teens are thrust into the chaos and carnage of the Battle of the Bulge. Dieter has his eyes opened somewhat by a disillusioned and embittered corporal in his unit. Spence learns of war's truths when his best friend dies. The novel comes alive in these final chapters, capturing the soldiers' struggles to stay warm and to overcome their fear, and the battle scenes place readers in the center of the action. Hughes doesn't flinch from describing the devastating effect of a bullet. Soldier Boys rises above the clich‚s of standard World War II stories and serves as a reminder that wars are often fought by young people like those we see every day in our libraries.

Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; English Language edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689860218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689860218
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently read this book and I loved it! It is a wonderful story about two teenage boys (an American and a German) joining the army in World War Two. The story is very moving yet action packed. Although the battles can be too gory for some people's tastes, it describes the characters thoughts and pains very well. This book truly covers all the ranges of emotions a real soldier might feel. I really got into the characters and was moved by the ending. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody that enjoys World War Two books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Luciano VINE VOICE on June 9, 2007
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Dieter is a German boy who is devoted to Hitler. He was a member of the Hitler Youth, and his dedication quickly allowed him to rise through the ranks. Before long he is fighting with the real German army, even though he is a bit too young. More than anything, he wants to prove his bravery to himself and the superiority of Germany to all others.

Spencer is an American boy who also has something to prove. He is short and not very good looking, and he desperately wishes for the attention of a girl in his class. She is dating someone else, though. Spencer thinks that if he joins the army, specifically the paratroopers, he will be able to come back to town in uniform and hold his head high. Everyone will respect him and look up to him.

Dieter and Spencer end up on opposite sides of World War II, and both have things to confront. Spencer realizes that war isn't always glory; a lot of the time he is terrified and doesn't know what's going on. Dying in battle isn't glamorous; it's messy and painful. Dieter has to contend with soldiers who aren't as dedicated as he is, even ones who say that Hitler is wrong and that the Germans are losing the war. His commanding officer tells him about death camps for Jews, sanctioned by Hitler himself. Will these two boys be able to survive the war? Will they come to realize what battle is really all about?

I liked that the main characters were both young and their situations mirrored each other. I liked that this author tried not to villainize the Germans, and in this story not all of the Germans in the army bought into what Hitler was saying. There was plenty of cynicism and not everyone blindly followed their leader.

It was scary, though, to see how children could be brainwashed, and to think there was a whole generation of children who felt like Dieter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Clay on June 21, 2008
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This book is a great book especially if you love war novels or World War II time period books. The book is not that hard and is a great for kids 12+ since it is written in the perspective of two kids. I recommend this book to all of my family and friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2004
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Have you ever wanted something really badly? Have you ever thought that something would be fun and exciting, but when you finally got to do it, it was the exact opposite of what you thought it was going to be like? Well that is how Spence felt in Soldier Boys. Spence really wanted to go fight in World War II over in Germany, thinking that it would be fun, but his parents wouldn't sign his papers allowing him to go into the military, and finally at age 17 he dropped out of high school without his parent's knowledge. After a lot of begging he got his wish, just to find out that the army was just a torture session. Soldier Boys is about two boys, Spence and Dieter, from two different countries. Spence is from the U.S and Dieter is from Germany but share the same goal, to fight for their country in World War II. In the book Spence and Dieter end up meeting each other on the battlefield in the strangest of situations.
I thought Soldier Boys was an awesome book. I liked how Dean Hughes went from Dieter`s life to Spence's life throughout the chapters. I also liked how Hughes used so much detail. He used so much detail in every chapter. In one chapter Spence was going into a German house, and all of the people he was with got shot, Hughes described the scene so well I felt like I was watching a video. I also liked how there was never a "dull" or "boring" part; it was always exciting to read. Hughes made every part exciting. Even during Spence's training camp it was exciting.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially if you like lots of action. It was very hard to put Soldier Boys down. I often found myself saying "just one more chapter, then I'm done," but I just couldn't put it down.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lu Ann Staheli on September 6, 2002
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Spencer Morgan is just sixteen when he convinces his father to sign his induction papers so he can fight in World War II. He wants to be a paratrooper, the toughest soldiers in the world, to prove to his family and all of Brigham City, Utah, that he can amount to something. Of course, he would also like to impress LuAnn Crowther, the girl he has a crush on even though she doesn't think about him as anything more than as a friend.
Dieter Hedrick is a member of the Hitler Youth movement. He has met and been praised by the Fûhrer himself. He wants to make it to the front lines and defend his country's honor.
Both boys get their wishes when they end up in the Battle of the Bulge.A realistic story that looks at the feelings of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This would be a good book to read together as a family and then discuss the feelings of patriotism, honor, and duty to country.
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