Thursday, June 29, 2006
Soldier X by Don Wulffson
Wow. This is one of those books that taught me a lot. Erik is a German teenager and he is forced into the Nazi army at the end of World War II when there was really no hope for Germany. Although he is half German, his grandparents are Russian, and his language ability comes in handy when he is wounded in a battle on the Russian front. He takes the clothes and identity of a dead Russian boy soldier, and he recovers from his wounds in a Russian army hospital. There he meets an orphaned teen named Tamara, and they flee together from both armies. Full of the horrors or war and details that evoke the smells, sights, and sounds of battle, this book has strong characters, a strong plot, and will be of great interest, especially to boys.