Troubador Berlin Wolf

Released: 01/08/2013

ISBN: 9781783060054

eISBN: 9781783069712

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Berlin Wolf


The bond between a man and his dog is unique. For Peter, a boy of 15, it is so strong that he risks his own life to save that of his dog, Wolfi. It is 1942. Peter is Jewish, and with his parents he is escaping the?Nazis. A decision to jump into the icy waters of the River Spree to rescue Wolfi ultimately saves his own life as well, for they have been betrayed and his parents are taken. Left to fend for himself, Peter hides out in the woods, foraging and hunting. Life is tough, but he and Wolfi are together.

One day, a visitor stumbles into their den. Franz, also 15, has escaped from a labour camp. The three become close friends and have many adventures together. When they can no longer cope in the wild, they turn to a family friend, Aunt Berta. The wife of a wealthy industrialist, she takes them in. But their peace is short-lived; Kurt, Aunt Berta’s adopted son and a fanatical Nazi, betrays them. With the help of new friends, the two boys not only save themselves from capture but are able to rescue others in hiding.

Berlin Wolf is a story of friendship overcoming all the odds in a time of hatred for 9-15 year old children. Meticulously researched and written by a former academic with personal experience of Berlin, who has studied original documents from the period, the storylines in the book are based on different survivor accounts.

Although only available currently as an e-book the first review has now appeared on Amazon and concludes ` a good read'.

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I really enjoyed this book. The title appealed as I have read much about Berlin and I am a dog owner so it hit two interests for me.

This is a good adventure story based on factual events and is credible.

The characters are well developed so that you actually care what happens to them and are interested in them; it makes you want to finish the book to see what happens. Also the canine character acts as a dog throughout which rings true. The events in the book are believable, some extraordinary things happened during the war as people tried to survive in the most difficult circumstances and the story reflects this.

I think it is a book for older children due to the character/story development and its length. However as the beginning starts off quite easy then a competent younger reader might be drawn in. I particularly like the description of what the boy takes with him from his house to survive in the woods; it was something that I thought about as a child and I assume would appeal to a child reader.

by Sue Olden

4.0 out of 5 stars A warming war story, 7 Aug 2013
Miss K Jackisch

This review is from: Berlin Wolf (Kindle Edition)

This is a book aimed for teenage readers but I have equally enjoyed it. Many interesting characters and their relationships to each other are carefully constructed. Lots of little and more major adventures that Peter and his dog get involved in. A good read.

by Konnie Jackish

5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 18 Aug 2013
Wendy Holt

This review is from: Berlin Wolf (Kindle Edition)

This book had a nice amount of real detail to keep me focused on the futility of war. Although this was a story, you could just imagine that some people did indeed live in fear for the duration of the war. Told through the eyes of a child and his love for his dog takes some of the pain away. It is a good read and nice to be set in Germany not Britain.

by Wendy Holt

5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous war-time tale of adventure and survival, 8 Sep 2013
Dreamer (UK)

This review is from: Berlin Wolf (Paperback) Troubador

A riveting adventure set in Berlin during the Second World War. The book is based around the daily struggle for survival of a 15 year old Jewish boy, accompanied by his faithful dog. The story follows their adventures and the unexpected twists and turns they have to face as the war continues. There are many interesting characters throughout the tale, who add richness and depth. The factual information concerning daily life in Germany during the war is highly accurate; the treatment of the Jews, in particular, appears to have been meticulously researched. This factual background would be especially interesting to younger readers who may not have come across this information before. The book conveys very well the level of fear in which all ordinary Germans lived at that time, ever fearful that they may have somehow acted in a way which would put them at risk of arrest. I would highly recommend this book to younger readers who wish to learn more about life in war-time Germany and who enjoy a rollicking good read!

by Dreamer UK

Absolutely loved this book. A well crafted story, beautifully told. The central character, and his dog, start off alone in war ravaged Berlin. The story revolves, initially, around their struggle to survive from day to day. Slowly other characters are woven into the thread of the story which is both heart-warming and thought provoking.
The author draws you into the tale until you feel you know the characters personally and are wrapped up in their tribulations and successes.
A great first book and I look forward to reading more from this author.
5 stars

by Euan Webster

Mark Florida-James

Formerly lecturer in law at University of Wales, Aberystwyth Mark has been a barister practising criminal law for the last 18 years. He has carried out extensive research in Berlin into the period 1933-1945 and published academic articles in a variety of legal journals resulting from this research. He obtained a Masters in Philosophy on the topic `Judicial Resistance in Nazi Germany'. He has worked as a freelance interpreter and translator. He was a close friend of a survivor of the Nazi regime until her death in May 2011.

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