The 1970s are considered a golden age for young adult literature, and Bette Greene’s Summer of My German Soldier remains one of the decade’s defining YA classics. It took Bette Green five years to write Summer of my German Soldier. Summer of my German Soldier is largely autobiographical, though Bette Greene spent 40 years denying it. The parallels between the lives of Bette Greene and Patty Bergen, the young heroine of Summer of My German Soldier, were numerous. In one Arkansas town, students were given permission to deface their assigned copies of Summer of my German Soldier.