Auslander

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 Synopsis

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.

He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter.

They do. Professor Kaltenbach is very pleased to welcome such a fine Aryan specimen to his household. People will be envious.

But Peter is not quite the specimen they think. Peter doesn't want to be a Nazi, and so he is going to take a very dangerous risk.

The most dangerous risk he could possibly choose to take in Berlin in 1942.

Auslander Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9780747594192
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780747594192
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747594192
Publication date: 4th January 2010
Author: Paul Dowswell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Paul Dowswell

Paul Dowswell cemented his position as one-to-watch in the world of children’s historical fiction with his much-acclaimed WWII novel, Ausländer. Throughout all of his fiction, Paul weaves meticulous research into thrilling narrative that will engage young readers. A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written many non-fiction titles, two of which were shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Powder Monkey, his first novel, was published to huge critical acclaim. Ausländer was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Red House Children’s ...

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