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A Night Divided

By Jennifer A Nielsen   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545682428 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.82" x 8.55" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545682435 Ebook
336 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

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?

Raves & reviews:

Praise for the Ascendance Trilogy:

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Children’s Book

A Cybils Award Winner

"A page-turner." —The New York Times Book Review

" Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel." —Wall Street Journal

" A swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys." —Los Angeles Times

"An impressive, promising story." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up." —School Library Journal

"Gripping." —Kirkus

"Should appeal to fans of . . . Suzanne Collins. . . . A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." —The Horn Book