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A Night Divided Audiobook

A Night Divided

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling 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, 12-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 her 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?

©2015 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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    Liz 09-15-15
    Liz 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful historical fiction!"

    I loved both the compelling story which made me count the blessings of freedom in my life and the audible production. Hats off to the author and the audio book actor! I heartily recommend.

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    hannah giordano 02-17-16
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    "the night diviade"

    I am in school and I read the book and took a test on it. This Is my FAVORITE book it kept me wondering and I love historical books or places and the story of the BerlIn wall is true, I am not sure this is a true story about this girl is true. but I love this book. And I can realty to her age because I am very close to it! Historical lovers this is the book for you.

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    diane waite 01-17-16
    diane waite 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Night Divided"

    The story was great. I could easily understand the reader. The reader spoke to me. I wouldn't read but easy to pick up again. I wanted to just keep reading

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    C. Ogando kingwood, TX United States 12-10-15
    C. Ogando kingwood, TX United States 12-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book!"

    A great educational book! It is sad and happy and very interesting I recommend this book

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    hunter 12-01-15
    hunter 12-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A night divided"

    This book is one of my favorites. I am 12 years old and this book had kept me at the tip of my seat to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a book about historical fiction, and excitement.

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    Anonymous Reader 09-13-16

    Like historical fiction, Christian fiction/romance, classics, children's/teen fiction, fantasy. Paranormal is okay. No witchcraft/vampires.

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    "Terrific Middle Grade Historical in East Berlin"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Night Divided to be better than the print version?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Night Divided?

    It took Gerta a while to figure out what her father expected of her, and our family wanted to shout at her. Why can't you understand, Gerta?!


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

    Gerta


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    We were scared for her and her family, but experienced a wide range of emotions along with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    We own some of Jennifer A. Nielsen's middle grade fantasy books. Just recently started The False Prince with my 10 year old (we were enjoying it), but didn't think it was appropriate to share with my 8 year old on car trips, so we started listening to A Night Divided in the car instead. I bought it on a whim with one of my precious credits (I like WWII fiction), and I do not regret it! We are now FANS of Ms. Nielsen!A Night Divided is about a young girl whose father and younger brother snuck over to West Berlin in search of work and never returned because a temporary Berlin Wall was built literally overnight before they could sneak back. Gerta, her older brother Fritz, and their mother are left behind for years to face hardship, oppression, and suspicion from neighbors and the German Stasi (East German Special forces). Gerta, like her father, feels stifled in East Berlin. She wants to live and think freely. The majority of the book is about Gerta trying to find a way to reunite her family without alerting their close friends, neighbors or the police. My 13, 10, 8 year old and I were on the edge of our seats throughout the entire book because terrible things happen to people who try to escape or even talk of escape. My kids didn't want to get out of our car! When I took them to school, I was tempted to listen ahead. Could Gerta convince her mother and brother to go with her? Would she leave them behind? Was it worth dying for?The characters were well developed, and there were some good supporting characters as well, especially Gerta's best friend. As for the narration, I didn't notice until I read another review that only the police spoke with a German accent! I still think the narration was great. It wasn't as good as George Guidall in The Book Thief, but it was great nevertheless. The young-sounding female narrator was a good choice since the main character is a little girl. Her male voices were good too, being just a little deeper than the female voices. The family is Christian, so fans of Christian fiction would enjoy it, but it wasn't in your face, more of a sprinkling of references to God, prayer, and the Bible. It wasn't the focus of the book. I highly recommend for family listening. Note: there is some violence mentioned. Some people die. However, it's not graphic.

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    Lisa Walker 09-04-16
    Lisa Walker 09-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Historical Fiction"

    Enjoyed from the very start. I just wish it had lasted longer! This would be a great book to read as a family.

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    Michi 08-27-16
    Michi 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book"

    Everything about this book was amazing.
    A book u should listen to in ur spare time or just for fun.
    I recommend a lot!!

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    Michael Hirschberg Arlington, VA United States 08-26-16
    Michael Hirschberg Arlington, VA United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Powerful Story"

    This is a great story of a young girl who does amazing things, far beyond her own belief, in a nightmarish dystopian society that becomes more and more harsh. Like "Divergent," "Hunger Games," and "1984," it's a story of a private rebellion, until she has to make a stand for what she believes in.

    The narrator has an excitement range, with a very convincing little girl voice, as well as appropriate voices for women and brothers. although it's silly that the police have German accents and no one else does!

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    Tyler 05-18-16
    Tyler 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great story! Believable characters! Great pacing! I couldn't stop listening the second half of the book!

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