Genre: Historical Fiction
Page count: 336
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Synopsis (from back of book):
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 neighbours 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?
Oh my gosh, this book. Words cannot describe how much I loved A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen. It was a whirlwind of action, history and hope. The main character, Gerta Lowe, is a character that will stick with you for the rest of your life. There are moments that will make you laugh, cry, smile and plead. It is the perfect historical fiction book with all the elements that create a perfect story. When I finished the book, I needed more. Every turn of the page presented more struggle and hope. There is not much more I can say without spoiling you. I recommend you pick up A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen from your local book store.
My Rating: 5 out of 5