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The Auslander Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906331
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.
www.pauldowswell.co.uk


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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the book greatly.
Sue
Engaging as well as historically accurate, this is a novel to be reckoned with.
FRC
Dowswell is a talented writer.
Charles S. Weinblatt

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FRC on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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My true rating for this is 3.5 stars: The evocation of how the propaganda permeated Nazi Germany was fascinating--talk about the banality of evil!--and the story moved at a good pace. I know some readers complained that it moved too slowly, but I thought the slow dawning on the protagonist of just what German society was like at the time was spot-on. But the writing was pedestrian at best. At first I thought that it was a stylistic choice, in keeping with the relative youth and naivety of the main character, but as the story and POV widened, it became clear such wasn't the case. A shame, as the merely serviceable prose keeps this from being a truly moving story.
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By Frances Abbott on July 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
pretty good read but jumps from peronanatliets to much.
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By Amazon Customer on 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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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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By B L VINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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Great book, gives the view of a young polish boy who is taken in by a german family.

The Story starts out by showing how utterly lovely Peters life is. He has a loving mother and father, and even though the war is going crazy and elsewhere there are millions of people are dying lil Peter has a good life. That is until his parents are accidently killed in a car accident. He is then sent to a orphanage, where things are really bad, its like his life is turned upside down.

After a while. The German military comes and is looking for "Pure bloods among the Polish" those who could be blended back into the german life.

Peter is taken in by a "good and loving family" because he looks to be the perfect picture of Hitler youth. But he can never shake the feeling that something is "off"
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