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"It was on March 12, 1938 that Nazi jackboots stormed their way through my neighborhood and over the innocent pieces left of my soul. I asked myself, do humans set up the system of normal? If they do, are genocide and cruelty normal? Maybe the nature of man was evil. Maybe Hitler was right. Could I be the one who was wrong?" Orphaned at eight years old, brilliant and obses "It was on March 12, 1938 that Nazi jackboots stormed their way through my neighborhood and over the innocent pieces left of my soul. I asked myself, do humans set up the system of normal? If they do, are genocide and cruelty normal? Maybe the nature of man was evil. Maybe Hitler was right. Could I be the one who was wrong?" Orphaned at eight years old, brilliant and obsessive Julia Josephine Patterson finds herself living with her godfather in Vienna at the brink of World War II. Obsessed with honoring her namesake, John Joseph Pershing who tragically lost his own daughters, Julia uses old family letters and her American ideals to guide her quest to make her father and General Pershing proud. While trying to find herself in a world turning to evil, Julia decides to save one unsuspecting victim of Nazi terror at a time. Coming to grips with right and wrong, Julia is forced to question everyone in her life, leading her to discover the secrets her parents left behind. In the process of trying to save the world, she must fight her own demons and find herself, while being forced to hide her true intentions from the world. General Pershing’s Other Daughter is a 76,000-word work of historical fiction set on the cobblestone streets of World War II Austria. The story follows Julia, an obsessive-compulsive, idealistic, sarcastic, yet genius American orphan sent to live in Austria during Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. Focusing on Austria, an often forgotten player in the Second World War in contemporary fiction, General Pershing’s Other Daughter seizes a topic of high interest (the Nazi takeover of Europe) from a new perspective. Character driven, General Pershing’s Other Daughter explores the challenges of a girl learning to embrace, yet struggling to overcome, being raised solely by broken men and concerned with books and justice more than beauty and compliance.


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"It was on March 12, 1938 that Nazi jackboots stormed their way through my neighborhood and over the innocent pieces left of my soul. I asked myself, do humans set up the system of normal? If they do, are genocide and cruelty normal? Maybe the nature of man was evil. Maybe Hitler was right. Could I be the one who was wrong?" Orphaned at eight years old, brilliant and obses "It was on March 12, 1938 that Nazi jackboots stormed their way through my neighborhood and over the innocent pieces left of my soul. I asked myself, do humans set up the system of normal? If they do, are genocide and cruelty normal? Maybe the nature of man was evil. Maybe Hitler was right. Could I be the one who was wrong?" Orphaned at eight years old, brilliant and obsessive Julia Josephine Patterson finds herself living with her godfather in Vienna at the brink of World War II. Obsessed with honoring her namesake, John Joseph Pershing who tragically lost his own daughters, Julia uses old family letters and her American ideals to guide her quest to make her father and General Pershing proud. While trying to find herself in a world turning to evil, Julia decides to save one unsuspecting victim of Nazi terror at a time. Coming to grips with right and wrong, Julia is forced to question everyone in her life, leading her to discover the secrets her parents left behind. In the process of trying to save the world, she must fight her own demons and find herself, while being forced to hide her true intentions from the world. General Pershing’s Other Daughter is a 76,000-word work of historical fiction set on the cobblestone streets of World War II Austria. The story follows Julia, an obsessive-compulsive, idealistic, sarcastic, yet genius American orphan sent to live in Austria during Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. Focusing on Austria, an often forgotten player in the Second World War in contemporary fiction, General Pershing’s Other Daughter seizes a topic of high interest (the Nazi takeover of Europe) from a new perspective. Character driven, General Pershing’s Other Daughter explores the challenges of a girl learning to embrace, yet struggling to overcome, being raised solely by broken men and concerned with books and justice more than beauty and compliance.

47 review for General Pershing's Other Daughter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Stichter

    Wonderful coming-of-age (and life story) of a young genius growing up in Austria at the beginning of WWII.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I enjoyed reading this book even though it took me a little bit of time to get through it. It is thought provoking and well written. I appreciate the research that went into this book and how Julia really comes alive in my mind when reading. I would recommend this book to be in any middle school or high school classroom library.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Interesting book about a young American girl living in Austria when the Nazi's invade. She is a brilliant young girl and speaks her mind. She struggles with wanting to do the right thing but at the same time trying to stay safe. There is mystery to the story and keeps you guessing. It was a quick read with a good story. Interesting book about a young American girl living in Austria when the Nazi's invade. She is a brilliant young girl and speaks her mind. She struggles with wanting to do the right thing but at the same time trying to stay safe. There is mystery to the story and keeps you guessing. It was a quick read with a good story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I always enjoy reading books narrated by children. Especially intelligent little girls.

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