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We were the only ones left alive.
‘It’s up to us now,’ Ralf said. ‘We’ll have to do it on our own.’
We were lying in the shaded undergrowth at the edge of the woods, watching a small stone bunker at the opposite end of the clearing. Guarded by a group of uniformed boys, the derelict, grey building wasn’t much to look at, but it was our target; it was the difference between winning and losing. Every single one of the boys lying dead around us had lost their life either defending it or trying to take it.
I shook my head. ‘We’ll never make it.’
Martin grinned at me and his teeth flashed white against his dirty face. ‘It’ll be easy.’

About the book

Germany, 1941. 12-year-old Karl Friedmann 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 Führer shaken.

Who is the real enemy? What is the meaning of the flower sewn inside his brother’s jacket?

Karl soon finds out when he gets involved in a dangerous rebellion ...

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Press reviews

“‘Rich in detail, this is a thought-provoking story.”


“A perceptive book to make you think, which gives an excellent insight into life in Germany during the war and the way people felt and reacted'”


“My Brother’s Secret is a well-written page-turner and a must for both boys and girls aged 10 and over. Adult readers will learn something too. Highly recommended.’”


Author notes

'Imagine if everything you learned at school turned out to be lies. Would you then dare to stand up for what you believe is right? Even if it meant you might never see your family again? I’m not sure I’d be brave enough for that, but in Nazi Germany, some people were. I wrote this story to remind us of their courage.'

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