The Summer of My German Soldier
Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Summer of My German Soldier is a book by Bette Greene first published in 1973. The story is told in first person narrative by a twelve-year-old Jewish girl named Patty Bergen living in Jenkinsville, Arkansas during World War II. The story focuses on the friendship between Patty and an escaped German POW named Anton. Patty first meets Anton when a group of German POWs visits her father's store. Anton teaches Patty that she is a person of value. In return, she protects Anton by hiding him above her father's garage. The book was followed by a sequel, Morning Is a Long Time Coming.
Ruth Hughes, Patty Bergen, Anton Reiker