The Boy Who Dared

The Boy Who Dared

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti


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A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about Hitler.

Susan Campbell Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, Hitler Youth, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut's story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times , to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439680141
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/26/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 36,684
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children. Her fiction includes the novels The Boy Who Dared, Dear America: A Coal Miner's Bride, and No Man's Land, as well as a number of picture books. She won the Newbery Honor for her nonfiction book Hitler Youth. A former eighth-grade teacher for 18 years, Bartoletti now writes full-time and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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The Boy Who Dared 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for 7th and 8th graders !. There is a great protagonist a young boy by the name of Hamlet and he fights for what he believes in he. You see him as a young boy in the beginning of the book. But most of the book He is the age of 7th and 8th graders. In the end he's 17 but, you get to see him mature in the book. like when he like the naze govermint but in time starts to hate it  You are connected to the main character. You get the message that you should fight for what you believe in too. Dylanchms14    
bookworm21CH More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. I'll recommend this book to those who love biography and Nazi's history. When I read this book it was just captivating I just can't set this book down, I read this book in 1 day and I am so pleased I got this book :D The start to end was just thrilling and mesmerized, but in the end of the story it had a horrible and sad ending.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1942, 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener was executed for listening to foreign radio broadcasts and subsequently writing and distributing pamphlets in an attempt to educate the German people about the lies they were being told by the Nazi party. In this book, Bartoletti creates a fictional account of Hubener¿s time in prison awaiting his execution. Hubener reflects on his life up until this point, starting from a very young age. In this manner, Bartoletti uses Hubener¿s life to examine the rise of Hitler and Nazism in this beautifully written and moving story. Supplementary material includes an author¿s note, in which Bartoletti provides the reader with additional details about Helmuth¿s friends and family after his execution, and a timeline of the Third Reich. My only complaint with this book is the choice of narrator for the audio version. Ackroyd is a fine narrator, but his deep baritone voice is clearly that of an adult male, which did not seem fitting for a young adult novel about a teenaged boy.
CarolyneBegin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about the courage of a young boy in Germany as Hitler rises to power and the second world war begins. It is based on a true story which makes it all the more compelling to read. It tells the story of Helmuth Hubener as he grows up in Germany and finds himself rejecting the teachings of the Nazi party and rebelling against them. Although it is very dangerous Helmuth listens to the BBC on a short wave radio obtained by his brother and learns that the German government is lying to its people. He cannot stay quiet about this and decides to make fliers to inform his people and encourage them to speak out against Hitler. He enlists the help of his friends to distribute them even though the risks are very high. They are unfortunately caught. Helmuth is sentenced to death and his friends receive prison sentences. Throughout the book the narration switches from Helmuth awaiting execution, present time, and the events in the past that led to his imprisonment. This gives us extra insight into his thoughts and the reasons he feels so strongly about what he did no matter what the consequences end up being. This story has a great insight on the power of the human spirit. At such a young age Helmuth was able to recognize that what was happening was wrong and that something must be done. Most adults around him did not have the courage and kept silent. The recklessness of his youth may have been at fault, but he did the right thing and I'm glad he is being recognized for it.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An intense book about a boy who was raised in Nazi Germany. This book is based on a true story. Helmuth, a courages young boy attempts to stand up for the mistreatment of Jews and restrictions of put upon the German people.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the writing style of this book - it is too factual, more like a biography than fiction. However, the last 50 pages or so are powerful and moving.The end of this book includes quite a long historical note, complete with photographs."The Boy Who Dared" is about a 16 year old member of the Hitler Youth in World War II Nazi Germany, who dares to defy his government and his country by constructing an underground organization supporting peace. It is a good story, especially because it is true.However, far better novels portray plots exactly like this one much more powerfully. If you like this book, read "Daniel Half Human" by David Chotjewitz.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Helmuth was a boy growing up in Hitler Germany who decided he just couldn't accept the Nazi philosophy. He and his friends start listening to the illegal broadcasts by the BBC. Soon they decide that listening is not enough - they want everyone else to know what is really going on. But then they are caught, and the penalty is death.I enjoyed this story. I first heard of Helmuth Hubener because of a play performed about him at BYU. Hubener is a bit of a folk hero in Utah because he and his friends were LDS. I have read a biography written by one of his friends.The reason for the relatively low rating is because that this was a book for teens. In fact, my daughter read it in 9th grade. Even for them, though, I think it skews a little young. My 12 year old could read this easily. I think the writer could have gone a little deeper. She talks about some of the torture that the Nazis used to break down Helmuth and his friends Brother Worbs, but doesn't give much detail about the emotional impact all this had. Maybe I'm a little harsh and on another day I would rate this higher. I think it would be a good book for a 12 or 13 year old to start learning about the World War II.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based on a true story, Helmuth finds himself of death row during World War II. The story is told in a series of flashbacks surrounded by Helmuth's thoughts while he is on death row, charged with treason for anti-Nazi activity. An interesting read about a topic not typically portrayed in World War II historical fiction, a book about a German youth.
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
karafrib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Silence is how people get on sometimes. I don¿t expect you to understand.¿ These are the words that Helmuth Hubener¿s mother spoke to his brother, Gerhard, when he asked her how she could court a Nazi soldier. Susan Campbell Bartoletti¿s novel, The Boy Who Dared, is based on the true story of Helmuth, his family, and friends. It is the story of the German population that disagreed with Hitler¿s actions, but was silent. More importantly, it is the story of why those people were silent. The book opens when Helmuth is a small boy, before Hitler came to power. As Helmuth grows, so does Hitler¿s influence, and we watch as Helmuth joins the Hitler Youth and feels a strong patriotism for his country. As Helmuth gets older, he begins to question Hitler¿s motives. His family can no longer buy pastries from their favorite Jewish baker, school papers must be pro-Nazi or you get marked down, and only German books and radio stations are allowed. Indeed, many things become ¿verboten¿ (forbidden). When he and his friend Rudi make up a fake detective agency and the ID cards to go along with it, the Gestapo interrogates Rudi, because the fake agency has an English name, therefore Rudi must be an English spy and traitor. When Helmuth is sixteen, his brother Gerhard smuggles a radio in from France that can pick up stations outside of Germany. Through BBC broadcasts, Helmuth learns that the German government is not telling its people the truth about what is really happening in the war, so he begins to type pamphlets that contain the correct information. Together with his friends Karl and Rudi, Helmuth distributes the pamphlets throughout Hamburg. But the Nazis have eyes and ears everywhere, and soon Helmuth¿s luck runs out. This gripping novel opens when Helmuth is on death row at just seventeen years old. It describes the situation of non-Jewish Germans, and the fear and oppression that ruled their lives during Hitler¿s reign. It is the story of the silence they kept out of fear, and the self-loathing that often accompanied it. The Boy Who Dared is about a young man who chose to speak his mind at a time when doing so could get you killed. Compelling and unnerving, this book could easily become a staple of World War II children¿s literature and should be stocked in all libraries. Recommended for grades 6 and up.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading anything to do with World War II or the Holocaust. This book came as quite a surprise. This book was a fictionalized telling of the last day in Helmuth Hubener, age 17. Helmuth grew up in Germany as Hitler came to power. A strong Mormon in his beliefs he stood against the teaching of Hitler. He thought he would be working for the "Fatherland" if he told the truth. What he didn't know was that most people didn't want to know the truth. Susan Bartoletti has done extensive research to track down as many facts as she can to tell the story that Helmuth didn't live to tell. Although it is a fictionalized account, as she says, no one can know his last few hours, we can imagine based on other testimonies of those who did survive that this is pretty accurate. I believe this should be a part of all history lessons. We never want to forget the atrocities against the Jews, and anyone else Hitler decided he hated. However, few know of the atrocities against Germans loyal to their country who did not agree with Hitler. This is not a book you can sit and read just a bit and then leave. You must sit and read until you have finished this book. It is that powerful.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really excellent story of a boy who dared to listen to the BBC while living in Germany during World War II, thus being one of the few who truly understood what was happening. He felt the need to share what he learned to dire consequences.
lovingkelsea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent tool to use in a history class. This book is centered around a German boy who gives his account or his perspective on WWII in Nazi German. This book may help teachers teach that all Germans didn't agree with Hitler, and may provide some helpful, more detail accounts on what was going during the time.
kdangleis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction book is best read by the male and female middle school audience; however, the story is so compelling it is enjoyable far beyond the middle school years! The courage and strength displayed by the main character, Helmuth Hubener, during his adolescent years in Nazi Germany is inspiring. Although faced with death, a young man chooses to do right by humanity and goes against the iron fist that ruled his country. Bartoletti bases her writing on the information provided to her by the friends and family of Helmuth, as well as numerous books on the Third Reich, Hitler¿s speeches, and documents that surrounded Helmuth¿s arrest and death. The author also offers pictures of Helmuth, his friends and family, as well as a map of the boarder of Europe in 1936 and a Third Reich time line to authenticate her writing.
angietangerine17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as well as I can like a book about war and war times.
AnCy0712 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book about a boy revolting against his country in WWII. A very interesting story with most of the story told through a flashback while helmut is in a concentration camp and sentenced to death.
hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Dared tells the story of a young German boy named Helmuth during WW2. Helmuth goes through so much during this book, including becoming a Hitler youth and ultimitely realizing that he didn't agree with what the Nazi party and Hitler was doing to people all over Europe. Helmuth, along with a few of his friends, set out to let the German people know information about the war which the Nazi party was keeping from them. He an his friends printed fliers and secretly spread them around their city. He was eventually caught and took the blame for the whole sceme. Helmuth died for his country, for the pursuit of the truth and for his community and his friends...something that not many people would be willing to do!
ctmsbrda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Day 264¿A bed made of wooden board¿s with no mattress or blanket. On that bed, a thin, huddled figure, Helumth, a boy of seventeen, lies awake. Shivering, Trembling. It¿s a Tuesday. The executioner work¿s on Tuesday.¿ -They Boy Who Dared By Susan Campbell Bartoletti The Boy Who Dared written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti was about a boy during Hitler youth. During the story the author tells the reader how Helumth try¿s to tell everyone that the government is lying about the war and keeping secrets about all the Jewish prison camp¿s and what is happing in the camp. Later in the story Helumth is arrested by the Gestapo the Nazis secret police. He is sent to jail for spreading ¿lie¿s¿ about the government. During his time in prison he has flashbacks of good and bad times that lead up to his final moments.Helumth¿s story starts when he is a young boy and ends at his death at 17 years old. Throughout the story he has flashbacks of times during his life. One time in perticuelure he remembers his mother many times. He remembers when his mother married a Nazi commander. When the Gestapo come to arrest Helumth he remembers how bad his mother took it. When he has his trial the Nazis say he is trying to corrupt the government but Helumth was just trying to tell everyone the truth.The Boy Who Dared was a really good book about a boy during Hitler youth and how the government lied about everything. The way the author explained things with really good detail was really good. The reason why I rate this book a four star is because I found it really interesting. The reason why I found it interesting is because u get the perspective of a boy during Hitler youth. Also because he just tried to tell everyone the truth about the government.
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the Newbery Honor author of Hitler Youth comes a novelization of the life of one of the boys profiled in the earlier title. Told in flashback from his cell on death row in Berlin on the day of his execution at the age of seventeen, Helmuth Hubener's short life is the story of a young man who refused to take the safe and easy path.
librarianjojo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the author speak about her [Hitler Youth]. This served as research and catalyst for this work on fiction. It was very well written; and gives the reader a sense of what life was like in Nazi Germany. It is a story of courage and strength.
mtnmare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Totally engaging story,especially after reading the nonfiction "Hitler Youth" by same author. This would be an amazing book for any 5th - 10th grader studying WWII.One of the most interesting and intriguing kids' books I've ever read. This book totally brings Nazi Germany to life for the reader. What a hero this boy was. This book should be a 'must' for anyone studying WWII.
range7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A look at what Hitler did to Germany and the brain-washing of the Hitler Youth told by one of the young men that spoke out against the Nazi Regime. Based on a true story, gives the historical facts within a ficional story with the realism of war without being too graphic. However, there is violence and torture described. Includes photographs of Helmuth Hubener and his family.
salbrowny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read for teenagers.
topthat4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good, nice writing style too.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1941, a teenager in Hamburg turns on a forbidden foreign radio and listens to BBC newscasts late at night, learning what the rest of the world hears, comparing it with what comes through the state radio and what he sees happening around him, and gradually coming to the decision to share his new knowledge with everyone he can. He makes and distributes fliers in the dark of night, but is eventually caught. His trial comes six months later: The infamous Blood Tribunal. The highest, most feared court in Germany. And then he discerns more bad news: Helmuth's heart sinks. His lawyer doesn't work for him. He works for the Nazi government.His sentence: ¿On the eleventh of August 1942 the court found Helmuth Hubener guilty of listening to a foreign radio station and distributing the news heard in connection with conspiracy to commit high treason and treasonable support of the enemy.¿From the author's note: This story is a work of historical fiction: Helmuth Hubener was a real person and his character is based on extensive research ¿ all filtered through my imagination in order to create a dramatic meditation on what Helmuth, his family, and friends lived through.Ms. Bartoletti made her characters very believable, especially Helmuth's growing up and dawning realization that there was wickedness growing, which everyone around him seemed to deal with by shutting up just to get by. Helmuth and at least 2,200 other Germans chose the hard road of trying to make a difference, and were executed after being branded ¿enemies of the state¿ because they ¿ like Helmuth Hubener ¿ fought for human rights, political freedom, and truth.