A Night Divided

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary
The Berlin Wall divides a country and Berta’s family. But Berta is determined to find a way for them all to be together again.

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Eye-Opening Glimpse Into History, Page-Turning Suspense, Difficult Choices That Inspire Discussion, Tension-Filled Exploits, Inspiring Characters

Topics and Themes:
Berlin Wall, Soviet Russia, Families, Courage, Post World War II–Europe

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Gerta, her mother, and her brother, Fritz, live on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall (the 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, 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 on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Gerta concludes that her father wants her 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?
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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-68244-2