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by Hans Peter Richter  |  Grades: 4-7 |  Lexile 650  |  Reading Level 4.7

A young German boy recounts the fate of his best friend, a Jew, during the Nazi regime.

Friedrich and his best friend were growing up in Germany in the early 1930s. At first, Friedrich seemed to be the more fortunate, but when Hitler came to power, things began to change. Friedrich was expelled from school and became an orphan when his mother died and his father was arrested and deported. This is the story of the destruction of a single Jewish family.

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