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Projekt 1065

Projekt 1065

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It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780545880169
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Project 1065


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Apr 03, 2021

Review: Now... Alan Gratz is practically known for his historical fiction novels. But, I have to say, this one is probably my most favorite out of all of his books. This story follows a kid, Michael O'Shaunessey, and his parents who are from Ireland living in Germany. Secretly, they are all spies who are gathering intel about German plans, inventions, etc. and sending it back home to Ireland. Within the plot lies many twists, lots of character development, and undeniably gripping conflicts. Overall, I give this novel 5/5 stars because of how interesting it is and fast it got me turning the pages.

Aug 27, 2020

“I had managed to scare even the monsters, and when you can scare the monsters, you can be sure you’ve become one yourself.”- Alan Gratz (Projekt-1065- pg. 128)

Projeckt-1065 takes place in the center of Berlin, Germany during World War II. A young boy named Michael O’shaunessey moved from Ireland to Germany because of his dad’s new job as an Irish ambassador for the Nazis. However, they carried a major responsibility, the power to change the whole war-chess table upside down. Perspectively, challenging for a child at such a young age carrying the hope of a world of peace. Two crucial enemies in this chess game are the Allied (French, U.S., Great Britain, etc.), against the Nazis( Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, etc.). Within the enemy’s territory, they work as a spy to research information about secret world-changing weapons of the Nazis. I fell for this book because of the interesting plot, the plot’s set up is smart and makes a lot of sense. Characters build with growing, sacrifice, trust, and challenge their fear through strengthening processes. Even if you haven’t absorbed a lot of information about World War II, this book is reader-friendly where it does not confuse you at all. Before the novel begins, the author provides quick facts, historical background, and explanations that add-up to related plots in the story. The story and writing is captivating, but there are some mild graphic descriptions of war. However, the vivid descriptions of violence provide the reader with an honest perspective.

May 25, 2020


LibraryWAS Apr 20, 2020

Another great Gratz book. You can't go wrong with any of his historical fiction books. In this one, a young Irish boy in Germany is a spy. I didn't love the storyline where it was up to him alone to go to Switzerland to save lives; that seemed over the top, but I did enjoy the rest of the story. What is especially interesting in this book is the glance at what it was like to be a boy and part of the Hitler Youth in Germany at that time. If you were not part of the Hitler Youth, you were ostracized and picked on, and even beat up. It was hard to resist and at times impossible.

Dec 07, 2019

this was a great book

thx mme marie-claude and chahd 4 recommending me this book

vous aime, trop bisous et calins

Nov 24, 2018

this is one of my most favorite books of all time. i loved it so much i actually bought my own copy.

Jul 13, 2018

Imagine a place where war and victory is existent. If you’ve ever pictured these horrific scenes, you’re just seconds away from reading Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz. As one of the bestselling authors of all time, his books are sure to give you the opportunity to explore the outside universe.
This novel is about on a thirteen year old boy, Michael O’Shaunessey, the son of an Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, who lives in Berlin with his parents. Just like all the other boys at his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. He joins in all their atrocious games and book burnings. However, Michael has a secret; him and his parents are spies. The father of one of Michael’s Hitler Youth friend works on an assignment, and Michael manages to find and memorize a series of plans and blueprints to build a mysterious device.
In my opinion, Michael and his parents seem depressed, although Fritz is happy on the inside. Michael hides from the dropping bombs and rushes into a barn house, and finds an allied airman, Simon and manages to rescue him to get him back home to Ireland. From my personal viewpoint, the author manages to use unique elements to briefly describe the characters in this book. He uses German phrases and words to describe how the characters feel and why they feel that way.
The target audience/age group recommendation I consider is suitable for this novel is ages 14 to 18 years of age because of the language use and series of events going on. For example, this novel is taking place at the time of World War 2 and Hitler. Overall, Projekt 1065 was an interesting and mature read to comprehend. I hope that future generations will find this book quite thought-provoking to peruse through.
- @chitterchatter of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Sep 25, 2017

A 2018-2019 preliminary Missouri Truman Readers Award nominee (grades 6-8)

As the son of the Irish ambassador to Germany during WWII, Michael is required to participate in the Hitler Youth, but like his parents Michael is a spy. When an allied pilot goes down, Michael's family finds themselves in greater danger than before.

This is my third Alan Gratz, and he is quickly becoming a favorite. Projekt 1065 makes a good companion novel to Gratz's Prisoner B-3087, dealing with the Hitler Youth and Germans in Berlin during WWII. It's an exciting historical fiction novel with lots of action and violence but also a strong hero with a good heart.

Likes/Dislikes: When I first started the book I thought it was going to be great, telling me what's it like to be a young child spy in the war. I was pretty attached to it, wondering what's going to happen next, who's going to die, how was he going to survive? I don't really have a dislike for the book, just didn't give a 5 because it wasn't one of my favourite books I've read.
The books begins in the World War II, where the Jewish people were horribly treated, killed, tortured and capitated. As a young teenager boy with parents as secret intel agents, he has to help retrieve information from the Nazis. The young boy, Micheal believes that no one deserves to be treated from just believing in something else, he doesn't believe in war. He cares about others, but he has to be ruthless, brutal, just to be fit in Hitler Youth. As he saves an ally he figures out he was looking for a secret weapon. Projekt 1065. Aa another Hitler Youth teenager that struggles with fitting in, Micheal teaches him and learns that he has the plans underneath his nose. As he taught the boy how to fight others, become a true Nazi, he learns how to face the fear of heights. Fritz, the boy changes throughout Hitler Youth. He becomes an innocent boy who reads Spongebob to a Nazi shooting his parents in cold blood. Micheal knew he had to do something quick, as more innocent people die by the second, including his allies. As he discovers that they are going to murderer an important scientist and he has the plans of Projekt 1065, will he save the plans and the scientist? As he has to go through friendship, demise, new experiences, he learns what's it like to a be a Nazi and a spy.
- Fleetwood teen K.N
Filled with suspense and emotion, Projekt 1065 was an interesting and moving story that was highly enjoyable. This book is set in Germany during world war ll and revolves around the life of a young boy named Michael. At 15, he trains to become one of the Nazis but in actuality, he and his parents have taken part in a secret organization that are against Hitler and hisNazis. With his role as a spy for the alliances, he must gain information without being suspected or be punished to death. The details and suspense in the book are amazing. Whenever you think something will happen, you will always be left puzzled at the actual outcome. The plot of this story is slightly cliché and has been similarly used before, but the actual content is still very enjoyable. This book is set during World War II, so it also educates readers of a major historical event that took place in our world. This book is highly recommended for a more advanced reader that enjoys learning about world history.

ArapahoeStaff1 Feb 14, 2017

While not wholly believable that a young Irish boy would live as a spy in Germany, this story gives a really great insight into the Hitler Youth, and how the young generation could get so enthralled in the Nazi party.

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