The plot to Kill Hitler

The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

Written by: Patricia McCormick

Published by: Balzer + Bray (September 13, 2016)

YA Non-Fiction

This book kept me thinking late into the night. It’s one thing to believe that you’d know what you’d do in the face of absolute evil. It’s another thing to watch it play out timeline style while reading about one guy’s ordinary life.

The book begins with stories of Dietrich’s childhood, how he discerned his calling to be a Lutheran Minister and how ultimately he got involved in the resistance. I’m happy to tell you that I found his original dissertation online.

 “Sanctorum Communio is a 380-page paper in which Bonhoeffer insisted that the church isn’t a historical institution; it is a living community that could transcend national,ethnic,class, and even religious boundaries.”

Sidenote: I think given a longer life he may have converted to Catholicism.

This book is one of many World War 2 books that I am reading for the Cybils Awards this year in the first round, and I found it to be a real page turner. I think the short chapters hold the younger readers attention span and would make it easy to assign as homework. I liked the timeline and info bubbles throughout the book explaining any historical events that the reader may not be familiar with.

Bottom Line: If you need it for several kids buy it. If not your library should have it.

Also: No, I don’t like every book I’ve read. Stay tuned for a few reviews of books that I thought were just blah.

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