The Pact by Amanda West Lewis
Paperback: 352 Pages
Publisher: Red Deer Press (July 19, 2016)
Synopsis: This vivid historical novel follows the life of young Peter Gruber — ten years old at the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 — and explores how an intelligent, sensitive youth responds to the propaganda and posturing of the Nazis. It also provides insights into the realities of living in a country at war, a country that suffers increasing waves of devastation, as the tide turns against the Nazis.
The story is told through the eyes of Peter as he is drawn into the Hitler Youth and at the same time comes to doubt what he is being told about his country and its destiny.
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Amanda West Lewis has done it again; she has taken a historical event, so dark that it is almost impossible to explain to children, and written a beautifully haunting story that does just that. In this novel, Amanda West Lewis explores what it was like for the German youth living in Germany in the months leading up the Second World War and during the years of the War.
Peter, the main character, is a regular kid growing up in Germany. As the story unfolds, Peter goes through the different levels of Germanys youth training; and with each step the reader can see how the youth was taught to believe the beliefs of Hitler and the Third Reich.
What made this story truly unique was that it was based on a real persons story (as stated in the Author’s Note at the end of the book). The historical accuracy was amazing as Amanda West Lewis did a great job of painting a picture of life in Nazi Germany during WWII. She also included a glossary at the end of the book to help explain some terms that could be confusing to a younger audience.
While I had some issues relating, understanding and feeling compassion for the characters, this book did a great job at capturing the life of the German youth and the levels of brainwashing that Nazi Germany went though to instil Nazi teachings on the youth.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Red Deer Press*