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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I love to multi-task with Audible!
When I started listening, and realized this story is written from a young girls perspective, I almost gave up on it, I'm so glad I didn't. The 1st chapter is really slow but into the 2nd chapter the tension builds and keeps building right up until the story ends.
Narration was fine, because her voice was in keeping with a young girl.
All in all, the story was well written, interesting and compelling enough to keep the attentions of 2 mature people.
I had to choose a book for a book report for school and is book looked really interesting took a long time to read but certainly worth it. I hope more people would read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes slow starting nonfiction history "action" (e action doesn't come in the beggining toward the middle and the end) thankyou for reading my review
Listening to it with my 10 year old and pausing to discuss what was happening in the world then. And especially how she could relate to being close to being the same age.
No, because it was emotionally draining. Then tension - the ugliness that was happening in the world. But still compelling to want to finish.
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