I have fallen in love with my library again. It’s been a few years but it’s magic has ensnared me again. Plus its a total win/win for me. I have almost endless access to whatever bookish materials my heart desires. The only thing required is a little patience for the more popular items. Each week I’ll spotlight a book I found while perusing the shelves at my local library.
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.
With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.
But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom? – via GoodReads
I hadn’t seen anything about this book. Granted I’ve been out of the loop for several months. I checked out A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen because I have never seen any fiction books set in the time of the Berlin Wall. I wasn’t really looking for it but still. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to the happenings of the world between WWII and the 2000s so it’ll be good to read about a time I’m unfamiliar with.