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Free Study Guide-Summer Of My German Soldier by Bette Greene-Book Notes
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IMPORTANT/ KEY FACTS SUMMARY

Title: Summer of My German Soldier

Author: Bette Greene

Date Published: 1973

Meaning of the Title: The “German Soldier” refers to Anton. Anton is the escaped POW who Patty befriends and secretly houses in her hideout.

Setting: Jenkinsville, Arkansas, during WWII.

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction


Protagonist: Patty Bergen

Antagonist: The antagonist of the story is the character that challenges the protagonist. In this story there are several but the most important antagonists are Patty’s parents, Pearl and Harry Bergen.

Mood: Somber

Point of View: First person

Climax: The Climax takes place when Patty is being interviewed by the FBI agent. He shows her a picture of Anton and his bloody shirt and we know Patty is going to get caught for sheltering Anton and that he is dead.

Major Theme: Race and Ethnicity, Inner Beauty

Minor Themes: Racism, Love

Vocabulary

Saboteurs-someone who commits sabotage and deliberately causes wrecks; a member of an organization who tries to help a potential invader.

Nazi-member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany around 1919 and brought to power in the 1930’s by Adolf Hitler.

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