Author: Bette Greene
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 - 6
Lexile Measure: 0800
Series: Puffin Modern Classics
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (April 20, 2006)
The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.
In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.
Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches