Summer of My German Soldier Criticism

Bette Greene
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As is the case with many great works of children' s literature, Summer of My German Soldier was largely ignored by the critics upon its publication. In fact, despite being nominated for multiple awards, Greene's book received only one major review. However, Summer of My German Soldier has become a popular favorite and a classroom staple.

In his New York Times Book Review review, Peter Saurian highlights both the strengths of the novel and the possible reasons that it escaped critical attention at the time. He asserts that "in some ways Bette Greene's material is not promising. Her characters could easily have come out of a melodrama." However, Saurian does not stop at this observation, pointing out instead that "the writing is fresh" and causes the reader to see these simply presented issues "in a fresh and unexpected light."

Saurian reads the novel as a "finely hewn" presentation...

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