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The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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Gr 5 Up—McCormick provides a very readable account of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life, from his wealthy childhood in Berlin to his death at the hands of the Nazis in 1945. Readers learn of Bonhoeffer's family, childhood, talent as a piano prodigy, and eventual calling to become a minister. He traveled to Spain, the United States, and England as he tried to reconcile his deep faith with the growing Nazi threat at home. Ultimately, though he had pacifist views, Bonhoeffer joined the German effort to assassinate Hitler. Despite the title, McCormick omits many details in the conspiracy. The focus is primarily on Bonhoeffer and his personal struggles. However, this account of his life is interesting and enlightening. Michael J. Martin's Champion of Freedom: Dietrich Bonhoeffer is more comprehensive, but McCormick's is a more compelling read. VERDICT An appealing narrative suited for students interested in history but not quite ready for heavy analysis.—Margaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA
“Offers a lucid history of the rise of Nazi Germany and a dramatic account of one man’s resistance to evil.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] tragic, inspirational, and quite unusual tale of a man who was the moral center of a resistance movement that, though it failed, continues to live on in international memory.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Readers will discover how compelling a story about ideas and ideals can be.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Praise for NEVER FALL DOWN: “One of the most inspiring and powerful books I’ve ever read. Never Fall Down can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.”- (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Praise for NEVER FALL DOWN: “Following the pattern of excellence McCormick began with her novel SOLD, she has created another amazing story through skilled and patient research.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review))
Praise for PURPLE HEART: “Timely and provocative thriller.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for PURPLE HEART: “McCormick builds the plot subtly and carefully with rich, spare prose.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for PURPLE HEART: “Gripping details of existence in a war zone bring this to life.” (ALA Booklist)
Praise for SOLD: “Hard-hitting ... poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for SOLD: “Unforgettable” (Booklist (starred review))
Praise for SOLD: “Searing...poetic.” (The Horn Book)
Praise for CUT: “Poignant and compelling.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
Praise for CUT: “This novel, like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, sympathetically and authentically renders the difficulties of giving voice to a very real sense of harm and powerlessness.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Praise for CUT: “McCormick tackles a side of mental illness that is rarely seen in young adult fiction in a believable and sensitive manner.”- (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Praise for CUT: “You will not soon forget a girl named Callie and this remarkable novel.” (Robert Cormier)
Praise for CUT: “CUT is one of the best young-adult novels in years. Riveting and hopeful, sweet, heartbreaking.’” (Boston Globe)
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If you're looking strictly for a book only about Bonhoeffer, and that goes into more detail about his life, this isn't the one. Nonetheless, this book is worth every penny, and worth reading to further your knowledge about German resistance during WWII.