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A Night Divided de Jennifer A. Nielsen
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A Night Divided (2015 original; edició 2018)

de Jennifer A. Nielsen (Autor)

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From New York Times bestselling 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, 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 neighbors 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?… (més)
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Títol:A Night Divided
Autors:Jennifer A. Nielsen (Autor)
Informació:Scholastic Inc. (2018), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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A Night Divided de Jennifer A. Nielsen (2015)

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Set in an interesting time and perspective (East Berlin, just as the wall goes up in 1961 and 1965 as present day). The plot also takes a while to get going, but then really sweeps along at the end.

To be honest, I disliked the narrator throughout. I thought she was a whiny, entitled, brat who had very little empathy for her remaining family members. Maybe that's what being 12 in an oppressive regime is like? Everyone in the book is so busy worrying about being reported for their actions that they come across as incredibly self-centered -- not selfish, just in a very focused on self kind of way. Are my actions being observed? Am I being judged? How do I observe and judge everyone around me?She learned/evolved/ got better at the end, but as an adult reading this book I found the first half of the book to be a slog.

I think there's a lot to learn from this book. I've heard good reception from kids. It's an good way to learn about this time period. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Gerta is stuck in East Germany when the wall goes up, and her father and brother Dominic are in West Germany. Gerta, her brother Fritz, and her mother live for years stuck behind the wall. One day Gerta sees Dominic standing on a platform above the wall and discovers she can no longer accept staying in East Germany. Will she be able to find a way to escape with her family? Will she be able to keep her friendship with Anna? Who can she trust in a city full of people paid to be spies?

This story will pull you in and keep you engrossed with each page. I also loved learning more about the life of a citizen of Berlin during the time of the great wall, especially from the perspective of a young girl with such courage and strength! Gerta is a character who's story deserved to be told and I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book! ( )
  LectricLibrary | Feb 16, 2022 |
This is a riveting, intense, suspenseful story of the horrors of authoritarian government and the bleakness of daily life in 1960s East Berlin in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. I found the oppression pretty shocking, even though I felt like I should know better, having lived through a big chunk of the Cold War. About a third of the way in I suddenly couldn’t put it down, so great was my need to see how things turned out for Gerta’s family. If you are a student of history, this is a must-read, and it sent me to the Internet for more images and background information. ( )
  jlbhorejsi | Jan 5, 2022 |
While working on her Ascendance Trilogy, Nielsen had another book percolating inside, which was about a family divided by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. While there was drama and all, I did not connect with the characters as much as the family similarly affected in Ken Follett's Century Trilogy. The father, pantomiming digging from the West, was a big stretch, and I found older brother Fritz's behavior inconsistent. It was okay. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Overnight, one night in 1961, a barbed wire fence went up in the middle of Berlin. It was the beginning of the Berlin Wall, which of course, was built up as a concrete barrier in later months. Gerta is only 8-years old, and her father and middle brother were in West Berlin at the time. They have no way back. When Gerta is 12, she sees her brother on the other side of the wall as she is walking to school. When she sees her father a few days later, he tries to signal something to her: he wants her to dig her way to escape.

This was really good. I have to admit I really knew very little about the Berlin Wall (beyond that it came down in 1989) or the politics surrounding it, so this was interesting to learn. And heartbreaking for those families who were separated. In an interview with the author at the end of the book, it seems that most families were eventually reunited, but the exceptions were those people who were “dissidents” (as Gerta’s father is in the book) – those who were known to not agree with how things were being run. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 10, 2021 |
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[starred review of audio edition] Gr 5-8 – This work follows the brave journey of 12-year-old Gerta and her older brother, Fritz, as they try to leave East Berlin. ... Kate Simses’s reading is fast-paced, emotionally charged, and exciting. Her voice is clear and age-appropriate for the characters depicted. VERDICT This excellent work of historical fiction is suspenseful, realistic, and enthralling.
 
... (ages 8-12) Gerta’s family is divided into East and West after the Berlin Wall goes up practically overnight.... Gerta, her mother and her brother Fritz remain on the east side in their home, while her father and middle brother are trapped on the west side.... This take on life in Germany after World War II is interesting and timely given the immigration crises in the United States and parts of Europe today. ... "A Night Divided" is interesting in spite of some confusing decisions by Gerta and her mother, as well as some pacing issues. ... The ending in particular had some moments that didn’t feel natural or felt a bit contrived to increase tension. ...
 
Four years after the Berlin Wall went up, in 1961, 12-year-old Gerta Lowe is eager for freedom and to reunite her family. ... One day, she sees her father on a platform overlooking the wall, and she realizes he’s trying to send her a message: dig a tunnel! With the help of Fritz, the two siblings plan carefully, overcome dangerous obstacles, and then face the toughest task of all: convincing their mother to escape with them. ...the story’s palpable tension and stark details of daily life in Communist East Germany will hold readers’ interest. ... Though historical novels may not appeal to every reader, this is equally a story of pressure and friendship, suspicion and strength, forgiveness and understanding.
afegit per CourtyardSchool | editaBooklist, Vol. 111, Issue 22, Page 68, Jeanne Fredriksen (Aug 1, 2015)
 
Gr 5-8 – It’s August 13, 1961. Young Gerta wakes up to see that the Berlin Wall has been built overnight, dividing not only her city but her family. ... Nielsen, best known for her fantasy novels, proves she is equally skilled at historical fiction.... VERDICT The novel’s strong setting and tense climax will keep readers engrossed and holding their breath until the last page.
afegit per CourtyardSchool | editaSchool Library Journal, Vol. 61, Issue 7, Pages 80-81, Marybeth Kozikowski (Jul 1, 2015)
 
A family is separated overnight when East Berlin erects the Berlin Wall. ... Based on historical fact, the story shines a personal light on the many families who were separated by the division of the two cities. ... As Greta, her other older brother, Fritz, and eventually their mother dig the tunnel, enduring hunger, exhaustion, and risking detection, readers will root for them with every shovelful. However, when the diggers realize the noise they hear is their father digging from the other side and that their tunnels are now only feet apart, instead of pushing through and running to freedom, they decide that they should stop and reinforce the tunnels. This decision seems ludicrous. Further implausible decisions ramp up the tension, but they also ramp up readers’ frustration levels.... Begins wonderfully; ends melodramatically. (Historical fiction. 9-12)
afegit per CourtyardSchool | editaKirkus Reviews (Jun 6, 2015)
 

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From New York Times bestselling 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, 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 neighbors 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?

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