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Germany, 1941. 12-year-old Karl Friedman is looking forward to joining the Hitler Youth, like all boys his age. But when his father is killed, his rebellious older brother Stefan shows him things that leave his faith in The Fuhrer shaken. What does it mean to be a good German? What does it mean to wear the mysterious flower sewn inside his brother’s jacket? Who is the real enemy?

USBBY Outstanding International Book 2016

‘The quiet themes of patriotism, courage, and compassion are presented through believable characters, gripping suspense, and an unflinching look at the lengths some will go to in order to retain control. A heartfelt look at coming of age in a time of war.’

Kirkus Review

USBBY Outstanding International Book 2016
Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, and the Teach
Primary New Children’s Fiction Award
Children’s Bookseller Choice July 2013