1974

Summer of My German Soldier

By Bette Greene

Original Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Reading Level: 10 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Alice Childress for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
  • Julia Cunningham for The Treasure is the Rose
  • Bette Greene for Summer of My German Soldier
  • Kristin Hunter for Guests in the Promised Land
  • E.L. Konigsburg for A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
  • Norma Fox Mazer for A Figure of Speech
  • F.N. Monjo for Poor Richard in France
  • Harve Zemach for Duffy and the Devil

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Eleanor Cameron for The Court of the Stone Children

Judges That Year: Clifton Fadiman, Nancy Larrick, George A. Woods

The Year in Literature: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox won the Newbery Medal.

More Information:

  • According to her bio, Greene was the twentieth century’s youngest news reporter, getting her first stories published when she was only eight years old.
  • In 1978, Summer of My German Soldier was made into a TV movie starring Kristy McNichol and Esther Rolle.

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