AN INNOCENT SOLDIER by Josef Holub

AN INNOCENT SOLDIER

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Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sixteen-year-old Adam Feuchter is tricked by the farmer he works for, substituted for the farmer’s own son and drafted into the army. Napoleon’s Grande Armée, the largest army the world had ever seen, is on its way to Russia. At first pleased to be part of the magnificent regiment and eager to catch a glimpse of “the greatest general in history,” Adam is soon disillusioned by war. The cruelties and humiliations he faces at the hands of his own sergeant are just the beginning, as he witnesses the horrible ways soldiers treat locals. Starvation, cholera and Cossack attacks foreshadow disaster in Moscow and the ugly retreat, hindered by brutal cold and Russian troops hounding them. Translated from the German, the simple, understated and at times eloquent first-person narrative rings true to one boy’s experience of war, adventure and survival. (map spread, historical note) (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-62771-0
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2005