Smith, Dan. My Brother’s Secret. New York: Chicken House, 2015.
Set in 1941 Germany, this story depicts the changes that happen when twelve-year-old Karl realizes that life is not so simple. After his father is killed on the Eastern Front and his family goes to live with his grandparents, he starts to see life differently. Is Hitler really a hero? Are the Nazis noble soldiers? Is his older brother Stefan’s decision to join an underground movement courageous? Does he himself have the courage to stand up against everything he has been taught at school? This novel by an award-winning British writer is recommended for readers 12 years old and up.
P.S. Every novel published by Chicken House is worth checking out. Every story is well-written and memorable for its hope in the face of hardships.