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

The Plot to Kill Hitler Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pastor Spy Unlikely Hero Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin this is a page turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World W

  • Title: The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
  • Author: Patricia McCormick
  • ISBN: 9780062411082
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler Written by two time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the youngPerfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler Written by two time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the young reader s edition of I Am Malala.It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time He had put his papers in order and left a few notes specifically for Hitler s men to see Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish looking Bonhoeffer to come with them He calmly said good bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler.This compelling, brilliantly researched account includes the remarkable discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history The Plot to Kill Hitler provides fascinating insights into what makes someone stand up for what s right when no one else is standing with you It is a question that every generation must answer again and again.With black and white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, this book should be essential reading.

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    1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born into a wealthy and influential family in Berlin, Germany. As a young child he often thought about the accomplishments his parents and siblings had achieved. He wanted to live a life that mattered and to make a difference in the world. He chose to become a Lutheran minister. When Hitler and the Nazi party rose to power, Bonhoeffer could not condone the actions he saw taking place. As more and more unjust laws which blatantly targeted Jews were passed, Bonhoeffer began [...]

    2. This is arguably one of my favorite books to date. It gives me a clear view on what Hitler did and what happened to the people. This book is powerful and I got emotional when Hitler killed so many. Overall it deserves a 5 star rating. Anyone who likes history and war books would love this book. I am glad I bought it at the book fair!

    3. Quick, powerful read! Learned so much about events after WWI, the beginning of Hitler’s rule, and opposition to Hitler. Many ideas to ponder!

    4. Richie’s Picks: THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER: DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, SPY, UNLIKELY HERO by Patricia McCormick, Balzer & Bray, September 2016, 192p ISBN: 978-0-06-241108-2“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.”-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer“Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.”-- Martin NiemollerIn THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER, young readers are provided an introduction to the rise of madman Adolf Hitler. Patricia McCormick’s well-researched and documented h [...]

    5. Though it is scrupulously well-researched and earnest in its message, I found this biography of a hero of the German resistance to the Nazi regime to be pretty dry. I wish that McCormick had infused it with more of the dramatic tension that is so well-done in her fiction. I did sell quite a few copies of this at our recent book fair, so I will be curious to hear feedback from my middle school World War II scholars.

    6. ARC from Young Adult Books CentralThere is no end to stories that could be told about the bravery of ordinary people during World War II. It it, however, somewhat of a surprise that Bonhoeffer's story has not been told for young readers.Growing up in a prosperous, educated German household in the early part of the 20th century, Dietrich had seven brothers and sisters who all excelled at whatever activities they were passionate about. Dietrich was the quiet child who was frequently alone. Family [...]

    7. In the midst of reading all the poetry for Cybils Awards, I managed to finish this wonderful non-fiction story of the main characters who surprised everyone in their secret plans to kill Hitler. This will be a great introduction to the way Hitler increased his power, slowly creating more laws against those he deemed not worthy of the Aryan standard, which he created as well. The focus is on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a son of a prominent German family who felt left out when his brothers and sisters fo [...]

    8. It's good, and it is written to be accessible to a very young audience for the heavy subject matter. The chapters are very short and often end with heavy foreshadowing. In the end, Bonhoeffer is kind of a weird choice to be the featured character in this telling of the story of the plot to kill Hitler. His brother-in-law, Hans von Dohnanyi, who was a lawyer for the German court, did most of the risky things. Also, Admiral Canaris, whom I had heard of before. I want to read another book about von [...]

    9. It was mostly about Dietrich's life as a childhood and leading to his death. But there are some questions that are not answered. He is a Jew. Dietrich plans to assassinate Hitler. He does not come back. He was also a pastor in Germany. It also took place in Germany.

    10. The fact is that most people don't really know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was or, if they know the name, they aren't sure of what he did beyond opposing the Nazis. To be honest, beyond using a few quotes for papers I have written (my favorite The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children) and knowing why he died young in a German concentration camp, I didn't know that much about his entire life either. But, in the history of the Third Reich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer [...]

    11. fast paced, delicious, short chapters and crisp writingpitch perfect for middle school readers and a little less academically heavy than middle school nonfiction masters like Candace Fleming and Steve Sheinkin

    12. I'm a nut for narrative nonfiction, but especially when it reads like an action-adventure like Sheinkin or Swanson do so well, McCormick's middle grade/YA story about Dietrich Bonhoeffer fascinating. I can see why (and she explains at the end) she was fascinated with his story. The newest popularity, which I'm loving and I know brings a whole new appreciation for YA is the story of those that haven't had their stories told yet. Bonhoeffer is one of them. A deeply religious man who bucked the tre [...]

    13. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born and raised in a well-to-do educated German family, but around 1923 decided to study for the ministry, which shaped his idea that church meant getting involved in the problems ordinary people faced. And the problem the people faceds was--Adolf Hitler. Even as a pacifist, Bonhoeffer became a spy and collaborated with others to assassinate Hitler. Bonhoeffer was only thirty nine when he was killed for saying "yes" to what is right. This young man's story is so inspiring [...]

    14. Good book about WWII. Deitrich Bonhoeffer is a pastor that is also a conspire. Though I didn't agree with all of his views. I still think he was an okay guy.

    15. 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 [...]

    16. First sentence: The Gestapo would arrive any minute.Premise/plot: Patricia McCormick tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for elementary-aged readers. It is subtitled pastor, spy, and unlikely hero. Young people likely haven't heard of him at all. So this is a great introduction. The prologue starts at the climax. The first chapter takes us back to his childhood days where we learn that he is a thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent dreamer. This one is very family-focused for the conspiracy to ki [...]

    17. I saw the cover of this book and thought, "That looks like Dietrich Bonhoeffer." It turns out that I was right. This book tells about the life of Bonhoeffer, a pastor who stood up against Hitler in Nazi times. Bonhoeffer is AMAZING, and this would be a good book for anyone.

    18. The Plot to Kill Hitler is a non-fiction biographical book about a man with unwavering belief. From a young age Bonhoeffer was always interested in God and the mysteries of God. He later became a Lutheran Pastor in Germany, though never having his own parish. He travelled the world studying with others, often times not even of the same faith. Then Hitler and his antics arose to power in Germany. This changed the way Bonhoeffer taught.He began to question everything Hitler did, his laws, actions, [...]

    19. Like my review of The War That Saved My Life said, I love World War II era content. I avidly consume anything that has to do with that time, even historical accounts that tend to be dry and not filled with a lot of action. So The Plot to Kill Hitler was right up my alley, and I enjoyed reading and researching more about the story surrounding Bonhoeffer and the Third Reich.The story follows a mostly historical account of preacher Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who worked as a pastor until the rise of the T [...]

    20. My husband LOVES documentary type books and movies I usually opt for the sci-fi, dystopian, fiction route. That said, I probably never would have picked this book up on my own. I'm glad it was an assignment though because I enjoyed reading it! It was written in a smart way- it had all the facts a textbook would give me, yet it was written as a suspenseful narrative! I was reading all about a religious man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his quest to help the people when Hitler and the Nazis came t [...]

    21. Dietrich Bonhoeffer born into a family of strong minds, couldn't quite find his place and purpose among those of his siblings. He was always off on his own, discovering and exploring things differently then his siblings. When he declares religion as his passion his family chooses not to suppose his choice and seek to build up his mind and talents in other areas. As a man he becomes an religious prodigy seeking to learn from great religious leaders. During WWII he finds his beliefs and values tos [...]

    22. B.R.8“The Plot to Kill Hitler”gave you a completely unique perspective on World War II that you don’t see anywhere else. Patricia McCormick had unique character development, in that she didn’t develop very many characters. Because so many characters were involved in the plot to kill Hitler not every person could be described in detail. Because of this, McCormick focused on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist, and his role and viewpoints in the plot to kill Hitler. McCormick let yo [...]

    23. Loved this book! It is a lesser-known story from a well-known event in history. It tells of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor in Germany, who recognized the evil that Hitler was doing and spoke out against it. He was inspired by peaceful protesters such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi, but it came to the point where he knew that Hitler had to be dethroned--peacefully or not. He became part of a conspiracy to kill Hitler. It was interesting to read how hard he worked to get people and nations to [...]

    24. This book is a true story about Dietrich Bonhoeffer who lived in Germany during WWII. Dietrich grew up in a fairly large family, and it just so happens that all of his siblings were practically geniuses and had talents upon talents. Dietrich always felt a little out of place with finding his own talents and interests. In his early adult years he becomes a preacher, and he finds a love for preaching and teaching. During his whole later life he is also experiencing the rule of Hitler and Hitler co [...]

    25. The Plot to Kill Hitler is a nonfiction book that is based on the true story of a man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was involved in a conspiracy to bomb Hitler during World War II. The book starts out by giving background on Dietrich's childhood, and how war impacted his life from a very early age. Then, as an adult Dietrich decided to become a pastor, which is important because it is the reason why he later becomes an activist for nonviolent protest. When Hitler came to power, most people pass [...]

    26. The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero is a story about a man who is living in Germany at the time Hitler starts persecuting the Jews. He is one of the first people to gain evidence of the atrocities that are occurring and finds it hard to stay silent about the crimes happening against innocent people. Along with several family members and friends, Dietrich Bonhoeffer sets off to try and put an end to Hitler and all the suffering he caused millions of people. I [...]

    27. No one would ever believe a quiet, devoted pastor was a hero who risked all to save his country. But that’s exactly what Heinrich Bonhoeffer did: becoming a spy to assist a plot to assassinate one of the cruelest leaders in history: Adolf Hitler. Heinrich grew up feeling outshined by his siblings and chose a life of ministry, one his family was uncertain about, but one he believed would change the world. And as Heinrich studied and traveled the world, he gained deeper understanding and a great [...]

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