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Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II (2016)

by Alan Gratz

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In 1938 Michael O’Shaunessey moved to Berlin, Germany with his parents when his father was named Irish Ambassador. Over the 6 years of living there he’d seen the Nazi Party became stronger, changing its people for the worse. It is now 1943, and things have gotten bad as Jews and other dissenters are being taken to concentration camps. Michael had never known his parents were spies for the Allies but now, at the age of 13, he found himself working with them.

When a British RAF pilot was shot down over the city, Michael and his parents discovered the Nazis had been secretly building a plane with engines instead of propellers, which could fly faster than any country’s planes and would turn the tide of the war towards Germany.

Accidentally finding the plane’s blueprints accelerated Michael’s spy role within the ranks of the Hitler Youth. As things heat up, it soon becomes evident that Michael and his parents are in grave danger. Michael will have to do all he can to make sure the Nazis don’t succeed in their plan for world domination before it’s too late.

I really enjoyed reading “Projekt 1065.” Its short, cliffhanger, fast paced chapters make it a great choice for reluctant readers, while its storyline is very interesting.

Highly recommended for ages 11-14.

Book review link: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/projekt-1065-a-novel-of-world-war-ii-alan-gratz/ ( )
  sunshinealma | Jan 15, 2017 |
This is the story of Michael O’Shaunessey, the son of Irish diplomats assigned to Berlin during WW II. Michael joins the Hitler Youth organization because not only is it expected; but it is a way for him to become a spy and do good deeds for the Allies. His parents also are spies. This book is not only an entertaining story, but it is historically accurate. It quotes Hitler directly and discusses Kirstallnacht, the Gestapo, the concentration camps, the Edelweiss Pirates, the “Aryan” education in German schools and the use of youngsters in the direct fighting of the war. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Dec 31, 2016 |
Imagine being a twelve-year-old boy in Nazi Germany, originally from Ireland. You are a part of the Hitler Youth. You have to pretend to believe in “all things Hitler” because your parents are spies. You have to risk your life. You have to be a part of things unimaginable. Can you trust anyone? Welcome to Projekt 1065.

I knew I had to get my hands on this book after reading Prisoner B-3087. Author Alan Gratz did NOT disappoint. Gratz tested main character, Michael O’Shaunessey, with intense, gut-wrenching scenarios. I could not put this book down for fear of a Nazi take-over. Gratz has a way of describing the details so vividly, the reader feels like they are living in the book. If you like an author who controls your emotions like a puppeteer, be ready to be taken on the adventure of a lifetime while reading PROJEKT 1065. ( )
  MrsDruffel | Nov 3, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545880165, Hardcover)

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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