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A Night Divided
A Night Divided | Jennifer A. Nielsen
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From NYT 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 suddenly divided. 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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Another #syncya title done. I really enjoyed this look into the immediate aftermath of the building of the Berlin Wall. It‘s not a subject that I‘ve read a lot about and I appreciated that it was from the perspective of a young girl.

Honeybeegirl I really enjoyed this one! The beginning was slower for me and I set us aside for a bit but, when I came back to it things picked up and I couldn‘t stop listening! 6d
crazyspine Loved the audio for this one 6d
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5⭐️
With all the WWII novels, this was refreshing. It takes place in East Berlin, & starts the day the wall went up. Gerta‘s father & brother were in West Berlin overnight; thus they are divided. They can‘t communicate. The family‘s home is bugged. Each one is being watched.
The tension doesn‘t let up until the very end. The treachery, oppression, constant lying ... the author delivers all this through a child narrator. It‘s really something.

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AmberWB
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Most of the books I‘ve read this summer have been for my Children‘s Lit class, including this one. I had never heard of it before, and I am so glad I stumbled across it. This tells the story of a family who are suddenly divided when A permanent barrier between East and West Berlin is constructed in the middle of the night. Their determination to reunite, regardless of the risks, had me holding my breath as I read. Strongly recommend.

ShyBookOwl This looks good. I recently read her book about a young woman fighting with a resistance group in Poland during ww2. It was pretty good! 1mo
AmberWB @ShyBookOwl ooh, that sounds good! Stacking it! 😊 1mo
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Honeybeegirl
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This books was emotional and kept me on my toes. Would recommend.

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Honeybeegirl
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Decided to put The First Time She Drowned on hold for a bit and listen to this one! I had started it before but it was eating slow so I had set it aside, now there‘s much more going on and is interesting! It‘s a unique perspective on the building of the Berlin Wall and what it was like to life there.

crazyspine I love this one0 1mo
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AmberWB
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Stuck at the Honda service center until at least 2:30 and will leave with substantially less $$ in my pocket. Going to be honest- feeling a bit sorry for myself today. It‘s been less than a stellar week. BUT, I brought my books and have my coffee, so I am trying to see the silver lining! 😊

Jeannineth Love the sunglasses bag. 2mo
rather_be_reading tht bag 😍😍 2mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a good book, and I hope you aren't too much poorer when you leave, don't you just hate care repairs? I wish we didn't have to have one! 2mo
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AmberWB @Jeannineth @rather_be_reading I got it from Book Beau! Love it—can fit 2 books and probably my kindle in there. 😊 1mo
AmberWB @Crazeedi I was in that lobby long enough to finish it- it was really good. I recommend it. 1mo
Crazeedi @AmberWB wow that was a marathon wait!! 1mo
AmberWB @Crazeedi 9:30-3. 😮😮 1mo
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Daisey
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Although I could see this classified as either, I would consider it slightly more #middlegrade than #YA and am reviewing as such. For that audience, I think it is a wonderful family story and description of the experiences of East Germans soon after the building of the Berlin Wall. It clearly describes the difficulty and danger without ever being too graphic.

One note about the audio narration in the comments.👇

#AudiobookSync #audiobook

Daisey One thing that annoyed me a bit about the narration was that specifically the East German guards‘ voices were read with an accent. All the characters are German, so why were just these characters specifically read that way? It may be just my perception, but it seemed to possibly be a part of their negative portrayal. (edited) 2mo
marleed That‘s a really interesting point. I wonder if I would have picked up on it - I hope so! 2mo
Daisey @marleed I consciously realized it when one of them turned out to be a former classmate and friend of the brother. It seemed their voices should be similar. 2mo
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Daisey
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I‘ve had this book on my TBR for a while and am enjoying the audio I downloaded through #audiobookSync. I don‘t know of many #middlegrade or #YA books with stories of the impact of the Berlin Wall, so I‘m glad it‘s also in my class library.

Today was another rainy day, but I got out for walk this afternoon to make sure I met my step goal for the first day of this round of the #BookFitnessChallenge.

#BFC #BFCr2 #audiobook #audiowalk

wanderinglynn Great start! 🙌🏻 And way to go not letting the rain slow you down. 2mo
Dawnrod1970 Awesome start! 2mo
Laughterhp Great start!! 2mo
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LazyOwl Well done, great start 2mo
Daisey @LazyOwl Thanks! 2mo
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A wonderful story about the effect the Berlin Wall had on Berlin, from the perspective of those trapped on the eastern side of the wall. Highly recommended for young people learning about WWII and its aftermath.

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This was a quick audiobook. I thought the story was interesting, but (either because I didn‘t like the reader or because it was middle grade) the main character annoyed me a little. I liked the book regardless, and I was rooting for this family to succeed!

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This is an amazing book set in Germany when the wall separated Berlin. It follows a family, specifically a young girl, that deals with the father and brother on one side and the rest of the family on the other. They attempt an escape to west Berlin to meet up with the father and brother and what happens leading up to it is sad and stressful. This book does an excellent job putting us in Berlin during a very scary and sad time. SWON TRC 2019

MrBook Great review! 5mo
OneCent76 Thank you! 5mo
Freespirit It sounds good! 5mo
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ambam1987
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One of my Sweet Treats and Reads book club kiddos recommended this book. I couldn‘t put this book down. Interesting middle-grade fiction about the Berlin Wall and a families determination and courage to reunite.

Ask kids and teens for recommended reading!

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Very exciting ya historical fiction about a family separated by the Berlin Wall. This is a subject rarely covered. It is well handled and clear. I enjoyed it.

TheBookHippie I loved this one too!!!! 7mo
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Great audio! I did speed it up a little because I was in a hurry. Middle grade historical fiction set when the Berlin Wall was just built and a few years after. Focuses on one particular family who has been separated by the Wall and yearns to be back together. #historicalfiction #middlegrade #hoopladigital #hoopla

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crazyspine
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A student recommends this book. This is another title I can add to my arsenal of high-interest reads that don't have cursing or extreme violence. A Night Divided portrays the Cold War in Germany in an accurate manner while keeping the reader on the edge of his/her seat.

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hwestfall
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I enjoyed this book and learned a few things along the way. I especially loved the interaction between my 7th grade son and I. He continually asked me where I was at. What did I think about certain parts of the book. It was great to spend time talking about books and history with him!

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hwestfall
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While my cinnamon roll dough rises I am enjoying a cup of my favorite tea. #royalalbert #englishbreakfast

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hwestfall
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My 7th grader just finished this at school and highly recommended it to me. My kiddos love it when I read books they love.

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hwestfall
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Killing two birds with one stone in this post for #ReadingResolutions ? This is most of my #marchtbr list and I am finally enjoying some sunshine through our big #windows in the music room. This is my favorite room in the house to sit and read. I also have The Alice Network and Ready Player One on audiobook for March. I am knocking off 4 of my "read what you already own" list. @Jess7

Jess7 🤗🤗 1y
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With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family divided overnight. Her mother and brother live on the east side. Her father and middle brother, in the west. Gerta knows its dangerous to think thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She, her family, and her neighbors are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, Gerta learns that her father wants her to tunnel beneath the wall. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

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Booknerd2
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“And Gerta, you must grow up where you can read any book you want”. A great WWII book for kids. Recommended by a 5th grade teacher at school. About the erecting of the Berlin Wall. It ripped families apart overnight. This is what one family will do to reunite.

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A fierce unrelenting young girl who is determined to be free and have her own state of mind in a world where that is considered an act of treason. She fights (tunnels) her way to the West so she can reunite her family once more. An inspiring story that will change the hearts of all those who read it.

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I was really excited about this book. A young girl and her brother plan to tunnel out of East Berlin to join the rest of their family on the other side of the wall. While there are plenty of high quality historical fiction texts about the Holocaust for young readers, there is little about divided Germany in the 1960s. Even so, I had a hard time getting into it. The author wrote in many obstacles for them to overcome, but it still felt repetitive.

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This has been a very good book so far! It's about the Berlin Wall when the East and West Berlin got separated. (This book is not nonfiction)

HotCocoaReads So it is fiction?!? 2y
CocoaKoalaCat Yes it is, it's like historical fiction. 2y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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This was one of our 6 book club selections. This book is actually written for 8 to 12 year olds but there's no way I can imagine an eight-year-old reading this book. 12 yes, 8 no. I actually enjoyed this book and think many adults will as well! I love the story of courage and bravery and it had me on the edge of my seat! "Geschichte wiederholt sich. History repeats itself." ~German proverb. Truth!!!

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Daisey
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I happened to scroll through Litsy before leaving school today, so I read the #FunFridayPhoto prompt while still in my classroom. This is the random stack of books on my desk that students have returned but not reshelved. It includes a few really great books, as well as A Night Divided, which is still on my TBR.

#TeachersofLitsy #YA #middlegrade #MsDsLibrary

MidnightBookGirl The Westing Game is one of my all time favorite books, I even had a dog named Turtle because I loved her character so much. 2y
Daisey @MidnightBookGirl That's great! I read it with my 6th graders each year, and it's one of my favorites to read with students because of all the interesting discussion! 2y
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Bookgoil
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Absolutely loved this book! I haven't read a lot of literature set during the rise of the Berlin Wall and how it divided Germany. Loved the story!

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Bookgoil
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Been meaning to read this for a while! I love her other books but this one is so different. Historical fiction about the Berlin Wall going up. Loving it so far!

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Eggs
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A divided city, a divided family. The rise of the Berlin Wall

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wildcatmedia
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Almost finished - really enjoying this one.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A look at the Berlin Wall and the way it changed one girls life.

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I couldn't put this book down, and I finished it in less than 3 hours. Definitely my favorite read for August. #somethingforsept

megt Excellent book! 3y
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hufflepuff_librarian
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Wow. This book was incredible. The story of a 12 year old girl whose family is separated by the Berlin Wall was amazing and had me tearing up in several places. Another great read by Jennifer Nielsen! 👌🏼

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hufflepuff_librarian
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Wow. This book was incredible. The story of a 12 year old girl whose family is separated by the Berlin Wall was amazing and had me tearing up in several places. Another great read by Jennifer Nielsen! 👌🏼

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As someone who loves dystopian novels and an enjoys historical fiction, A Night Divided was right up my alley. Excellent YA read about the Berlin Wall and the desperate escape of a young girl and her family.

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A tense introduction to a tense moment in history, as Gerta works to reunite her family, which was divided when the Berlin Wall went up. Gerta also has to evade the ever-vigilant Stasi (Secret Police) and navigate friendship troubles.

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I have a long list of YA books to catch up on this summer so I can recommend them to my students next year. This is a great read! Brave, but real characters trying to escape to West Berlin after the wall divides their family overnight. A real page turner to the end!

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"If I don't stand for freedom, then I must sit in chains"

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megt
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Engaging middle grade/YA historical fiction set in Cold War Berlin. Perfectly paced and keeps you holding on until the final page. Readers of all ages will root for Gerta and her family.

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The definition of a page turner. If you love historical fiction do not miss this one!

SadiSald_14 I wanna read this book so bad 3y
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