Written by Paul Dowswell
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Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed he is taking to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Piotr is a ‘volksdeutscher’ – of German blood with the result that he is adopted by a German family and taken to live at the heart of the Nazi power, in Berlin. How Piotr becomes Peter and adapts to the new life and particularly how he discovers that behind the apparent adulation of Hitler there are many dissenters taking great risks is a thrilling story which also offers fascinating insight into the lives of young Germans during the Second World War.
Titles on the 2009 Teenage Book of the Year Award shortlist were:
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable.
They do. Professor Kaltenbach is very pleased to welcome such a fine Aryan specimen to his household. People will be envious.
The most dangerous risk he could possibly choose to take in Berlin in 1942.
Praise for Auslander:
'It seems as if the world of children's fiction is about to get a whole new jolt of life.' Big Issue
'Paul Dowswell has the ability to tell a rattling good story and, at the same time, give the readers a feel for what life must have been like at the time.' Historical Books Review
'One hopes he [Paul Dowswell] settles in for the long haul.' Daily Telegraph
About the Author
More books by Paul Dowswell
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
4th January 2010
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