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A Night Divided

October 9th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 2.52.44 PMby Jennifer A. Nielsen, 317 pages, Grades 6 and up

For a while after the war ended, the country of Germany was politically divided, but there was no wall keeping East and West Berlin apart, so people passed from Communist Germany into West Germany as easily as walking across the street. Gerta’s father often went into West Germany to find products that could no longer be bought in the east, but one night while Gerta’s dad and brother are in West Germany the Berlin wall goes up all in a night! Suddenly her family is divided, and she, her mother and her older brother are suspected of undermining the East German government because her father and brother crossed into the west. Life on the eastern side becomes more and more harsh, and Gerta’s family has a black mark on their records. Her older brother feels like he has no future because of this mark, Gerta just wants the family back together, her mother is constantly afraid and money and food are in short supply. When Gerta sees her father waving and dancing to get her attention on the other side of the wall she and her brother have the idea for a Garden of Hope. This is not just a garden, and the hope is not just and idea, it is a plan of action!
If you like war stories you might also enjoy: War and Watermelon, by Rich Wallace, The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, or Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo.

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