Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
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Annotation: Originally from Ireland, Michael O'Shaunessey now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. They are a family of spies. Now, Michael must infiltrate Hitler Youth, risking everything to uncover Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission.
Catalog Number: #5843082
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 309 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-88016-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-88016-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016016960
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Michael O'Shaunessey seems an unlikely candidate for the Hitler Youth. It's 1943 and the Irish lad lives in Berlin with his parents, where his father is the Irish ambassador. But both parents work undercover supporting the British war effort, and since Michael attends school with German classmates, what better way to spot and thwart Nazi plans than to join the Hitler Youth? Despite an overload of subplots and simplistic coincidences (the harboring of a fugitive British airman; some easily retrieved sketches for the titular Projekt 1065, a new German jet-engine warcraft; the thwarting of the assassination of a nuclear scientist), readers will nonetheless be caught up by this high-action spy thriller. So, too, will they marvel at the erstwhile teen hero, especially as he learns to overcome his fear of heights and utilize his conveniently photographic memory to reconstruct Projekt plans. A solid effort that evokes the desperation of the waning days of Nazi power and sheds light on the undercover role "neutral" Irish diplomats actually played during the war.
Horn Book
Thirteen-year-old Irish boy Michael and his family are Allied spies in 1943 Nazi Germany, where Michael is posing as a member of the Hitler Youth. He becomes involved in a plot to uncover Projekt 1065, Germany's development of a new, faster plane without propellers. Based on true events and documented facts, this historical thriller and coming-of-age novel will keep readers highly engaged.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7 Up Michael O'Shaunessey may be the son of the Irish ambassador to Germany, but in 1943, with his flawless German and easy intelligence, he represents the perfect Hitler Youth, ambitiously climbing the organization's ranks. Michael is living a lie; he despises the Nazis and all they represent. He enlisted in the Hitler Youth in order to infiltrate Nazi hierarchy and access information that will assist his parents in spying for the Allies. When a friend shows him plans for the new jet airplane the Nazis are developing, his covert activities turn deadly serious. Gratz returns to the World War II era of his Prisoner B-3087 to illuminate a little-known aspect of the war. Although Ireland declared itself neutral, documents declassified decades after the war revealed its diplomats were actually collecting intelligence for the Allies. Gratz takes readers inside daily life in Germany as well as the Hitler Youth organization, deftly conveying the suspicion and fear that were the constant companions of German citizens. Michael grapples with deep moral dilemmas, including the painful choice to sacrifice one life for the greater good. An author's note offers supplemental information and background on the Hitler Youth. While the book is replete with fascinating historical insight, Gratz has also crafted a suspenseful mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With short, action-packed chapters, it is a great choice for reluctant readers as well. VERDICT A winning combination of action, suspense, and historical setting. Recommended for all collections. Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor School District, Lancaster, PA
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 62,529
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 185111 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:16.0 / quiz:Q69781
Lexile: 780L
A British pilot, on the run in the countryside right outside Berlin?... My heart hammered like I was the pilot himself, lost, injured, hunted behind enemy lines. If he was caught, he'd be tortured and killed. How long could he hide out from the SS patrols? And if he did elude them, how would he avoid forty Hitler Youths crawling through the woods and fields to look for him?
The other boys in the troop were already stampeding for the exit, excited to have real, adult work to do for the Fatherland. I hesitated in the doorway. I had to get word to my parents. They had helped Allied soldiers and spies get out of Berlin before. But how?...
There wasn't time to get word to my parents. I was just going to have to save the British pilot myself.

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Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) returns with another gripping World War II story, this time about a spy in the Hitler Youth.

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.
World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.

But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.

Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth's horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge.

When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -- even if it means risking everything he cares about.

Including... his own life.

From acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) comes a pulse-pounding novel about facing fears and fighting for what matters most.

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