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Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass

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Seventeen-year-old Erich is a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max goes to school—reluctantly—in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German.

It doesn’t matter that Erich was forced into the military by his father, or that Max was proudly born in Canada. They are both easy targets for the locals’ grief and anger against the Nazis. The other prisoners are no more welcoming, distrustful of Erich’s perfect English and his dislike for Nazism. Still, when a series of accidents shake the logging camp, they pressure Erich to question the Canadians and find the saboteur—even if his questions get him into trouble. Caught between angry prisoners and suspicious captors, Erich is afraid to take any action at all. It is only when Max’s schoolyard tormentors cross a dangerous line that Erich realizes that his real loyalties lie not with a regime or a country, but with his friend.

About the Author
Karen Bass is a multi-award-winning author of novels for young adult readers. Graffiti Knight won the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature, and the CAA Exporting Alberta Award. Formerly the library manager in Hythe, Alberta, Karen now lives and writes in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 16
Grade:
7 to 11
Awards
  • Short-listed, IODE Violet Downey Book Award
  • Winner, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award
  • , Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
Editorial Reviews

Uncertain Soldier is a solid, intelligent interpretation of the politics of the time and the effect of opinion on morale. Through the richness of its characters, the novel gives voice to a gamut of attitudes, revealing the complexity of life during the 1940s far more thoroughly and effectively than what is taught in history classes....Historians still debate the political "what ifs" of the first half of the twentieth century, and this uncertainty, manifested at all levels of society, is brilliantly woven into the fabric of Bass's text.

— There Will Be Books

...Uncertain Soldier is an excellent novel, fascinating for its detail about Canadian rural life in the 1940s, rich in male characters with whom boys can identify, and important in theme - that one should not be too quick to judge others. Highly Recommended.

— CM Magazine

The author’s research is evident yet deftly woven into the fabric of the narrative. Historical fiction from a seldom seen perspective, suspenseful and nuanced, a smart addition to most young adult collections.

— School Library Journal

Bass writes with a visceral power...Wrestling with complex issues of friendship, loyalty, politics and violence, Uncertain Soldier would be an excellent choice for a teen boys’ book club

— Canadian Children's Book News

...readers will likely find the two main characters’ journeys to safety and justice in a cruel world compelling.

— Publishers Weekly

Karen Bass again, as she did in Graffiti Knight, examines an ill-fated part of our history (her author’s note is an especially enlightening and valuable read) and textures it with humanity that makes it a touching story of distressing times.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

This novel shows solid research into the conditions of the 38,000 German POW's in Canada, and life in rural Alberta in the 1940s...the visceral details and important themes make the journey compelling.

— Resource Links

Bass does a fantastic job building and releasing tension throughout the novel...[The characters’] feelings of helplessness and struggles with conflicted loyalties should be easy for any young reader to identify with.

— Quill and Quire

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