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"Lathos, kyrie Neuger!" (Wrong, Mr. Neuger!)
Patakis, 1989 - 21st edition 2010, 24th edition 2018. 178 pp.
Illustrator: Andreas I. Androutsopoulos
Included in the 1992 IBBY Honor List
ISBN: 960-293-430-1

Who was Mr. Neuger? Up to the day he suddenly disappeared, his 14-year-old pupil Philippos believed that he was a rare young man and a perfect German teacher, even though giving private German lessons was not his main job. At the village they were both spending their summer, the Greek-Austrian archeologist Alex Neuger was going to study an ancient aqueduct, and teach German to Philippos during his leisure time. Yet, his sudden disappearance will destroy all these plans and will lead Philippos to the revelation of a tragic story from World War II. The role of his teacher will seem peculiar, until Philippos will discover the whole truth.

" ...I liked very much the way serious and delicate themes are treated and combined in the plot..."
Dr. Maria Vertsoni-Kokoli, Institute of Neohellenic Studies, University of Thessaloniki,
December 12, 1989

"...Clarity and vividness in the narration, successful description of feelings..."
Nikos Dokas KYRIAKATIKI ELEFTHEROTYPIA newspaper, Athens, Dec. 24, 1989

"...This book is an important event in the development of Greek Children's Literature. It is open to many levels of reading. And this is what distinguishes good writers from the mediocre ones."
Antonis Delonis, Athens, 31st January 1990

"... Wrong, Mr. Neuger! is not simply another book by Loty Petrovits. In my opinion, it is an outstanding novel of inspiration and maturity, which could be compared to the classics. It has all the characteristics of a real literature: perfect technique, variety in the narration, excellent plot, inner balance, flowing language, clearly designed characters. What I find particularly interesting is the parallel way of writing at two levels: one for the young hero, Philippos, and the other for the German-teacher Alex Neuger... This novel can be read with enthusiasm by both children and adults..."
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, DIADROMES magazine, issue No 17, Athens, Spring 1990

"An interesting and pleasant story with many characters taking part, all playing important roles: from Mr. Neuger and Philippos down to the villagers and the small children of the family which the story is primarily about. Starting from simple, everyday incidents, L. P. proceeds to dealing with general and historical events; retaining a pleasant and friendly atmosphere throughout, she creates a fascinating narration with many unexpected happenings. The heroes manage to co-exist, each with his/her own peculiarities and find their completion. Information about the area is given in the form of "reports", though always in combination with the everyday events, so that the past is introduced to the present and time becomes contracted. The narration is fast-paced, progressive, well linked, and finds its peak in the diary pages. It often follows a fluctuating line so as to create an atmosphere analogous to the course and development of the story, without disturbing the balance between the use of two different levels of language. It is additionally characterized by directness and powerful descriptiveness. A remarkable social-historical contemporary novel."
DIAVAZO (monthly literary magazine) No 252, 12 December 1990

"... Excellent plot perfectly narrated. Real characters designed with imagination and efficiency. An essential, true, and at the same time optimistic approach to life. L.P.'s incision into the phenomenology of events is deep and brings us close to the truth..."
Ioannis Theoharis, PROINOS LOGOS (newspaper), Ioannina, May 3, 1990.
Also published in EPEROTIKI ESTIA magazine, February 1992.

"The book deals with important contemporary issues, such as human relations, family, culture, history, tradition. Beyond these, it deals widely with modern society. The reader will come across additional elements, the flowing narration of which will keep one interested till the end. An exciting, vivid and very modern book written in a graceful, powerful language."
Maria Pyliotou, PEDIKI HARA children's magazine -Vol.32, issue 2/249 Nicosia, Cyprus, November 1992

"This novel carefully touches upon the issue of adult and young’s coexistence within the same house as well as other broader issues related to the acceptance of people of different origins and cultures that conflict Greek mentality. Through luscious narrations, the novel brings young people in touch with the unique beauties of the Greek landscape… The young readers identify themselves with the words and actions of the central young hero of the book and feel close to him… The vocabulary used is particularly rich and unusual…  This book should also be read by adults so as to understand the various problems that may create to their children, without perceiving it, because of the way they live."
PILOTOS magazine, Thessaloniki, 26 Jan -8 Feb.1995

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