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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.
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
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.