Outstanding, Young Adult, World War II; Nazi Germany; Hitler Youth; historical fiction; espionage; teenager; Ireland; adventure; family
Michael O'Shaunessey lives in Berlin, Germany with his parents in 1943. His father is the Irish ambassador in the city, and Michael and his mother are undercover spies for the Allied powers. At first, Michael enjoys sneaking around, memorizing locations for the Allies to bomb and keeping secrets from his German schoolmates. Then things start to escalate, and Michael begins to see that war and espionage are not games. For one thing, Michael's only friend, Fritz, seems to have completely bought into Hitler's fanatic vision for Germany to become the largest world power. And for another, Michael is required to do more and more dangerous things in order to keep his cover. Although in the end Michael is victorious, he is forced to grow up very quickly as he questions whether there is any right or wrong in a world war.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 71.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss1/71