***Inspired by true events*****Available in German as Gefährliche Zettel**
"One of the best YA books I've read in a long time, Playing with Matches grabs you from page one and whisks you back to 1938 Germany. It's rare that I get so engrossed in a story that I feel as if I'm actually there. I have always wondered what it must have been like for those citizens of Germany who knew something wasn't quite right. Using actual real-life stories from those who lived through it, Lee Strauss paints a bleak picture of fear and survival. Her characters seem real and jump right off the page." - Steven Davenport
"This book is an extremely heartbreaking and realistic look at World War II from a different perspective, from someone in Hitler's Army that doesn't want to be there. We so often hear about the atrocities that fell on the Jewish, but there isn't as much literature about everyday life for the non-Jewish Germans, especially those that didn't agree with Hitler.Told from the perspective of a child growing into a young adult at the worst time possible, this is a great read for teens as well as adults." - Valerie A. Baute
Heinz Schultz's Word Could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of fifteen, hey what strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his German young people unit esteemed him and feared him. And They wanted to be just like him. Emil Radle wanted to be just like him. A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil what loyal to the leaders before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Air Force Air Force. Emil's friends Johann Moritz and discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now They listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports did tell bothsides. Now They know the truth. The boys along with John's sister Catherine, band together to write out the report and covertly distribute flyers through Their city. It's an act of high treason That Could have them arrested -. Or worse : As the progresses what, so does Emil's affection for Catherine. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by side here. But When Germany's losses become immense, even Their Greatest resistance can not preventDefault the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front.
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This second edition has several minor revisions, Including name changes to three minor characters, in order to add clarity and authenticity to the timeline.
Keywords: World War 2 fiction, Hitler Youth, resistance groups, The White Rose, life in Nazi Germany, Nazis, Eastern Front, what fear, violence, child soldiers, hunger, black outs, bombings, raids, air force, airforce, love and romance, teen romance, family issues, siblings, sacrifice, friendships, propaganda, hope, prayer, faith