O’Reilly, Bill Hitler’s Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World’s Most Notorious Dictator, NON FICTION 306 pgs. Henry Holt, 2015. $19.99. Language: PG (6 swears); Mature Content: PG (Drug use); Violence: PG (war. suicide). Recounting the final 190 days of Hitler, this non fiction informational read includes descriptions of his living quarters, the efforts doctors made to keep him going despite palsy, and the people who worked closely with him. Also includes the story of the Battle of the Bulge, the American and British Generals and their effects on the war.
Based on the adult best seller Killing Patton, O’Reilly has pared this down to a YA appropriate content, length, and interest. Complete with photographs, this is an excellent source for information about the end of WWII in Europe, the contributions of leaders from both sides, and the downfall of Adolf Hitler. Includes an index, source notes, timeline, recommendations for further reading and a “cast of characters” to quickly identify the key players. Although concentration camps and battles are discussed, the blood and gore are not included. Some references to injuries and atrocities, yet still appropriate for a middle school reader.
MS, HS - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian