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A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold) Paperback – Illustrated, April 24, 2018
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Praise for A Night Divided:ILA-CBC Children's Choices List selection"Absorbing and deeply suspenseful, with plenty of ticking-clock tension... an eye-opening glimpse of history." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A marvelously crafted historical novel about courage, perseverance and the will to survive, A Night Divided excels in every regard." -- The Reading Eagle"Distinct supporting characters... demonstrate the harrowing choices people made to survive, encouraging readers to consider what they would have done if fate and history had cast them into the story... The novel's strong setting and tense climax will keep readers engrossed and holding their breath until the last page." -- School Library Journal"History buffs will drool over the magnificently told tale, but even reluctant readers will become immersed in the tension-filled exploits." -- VOYAPraise for Mark of the Thief:* "The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters... make this series opener a captivating joy ride." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Vivid... [with] page-turning twists." -- Publishers WeeklyPraise for Rise of the Wolf:"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados." -- Kirkus Reviews"The novel's Roman mythology connections... will have great appeal for fans of Rick Riordan. Heavily plot-driven with a movie-script feel." -- BooklistPraise for the Ascendance Trilogy:A New York Times Notable Children's BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Children's BookA 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 Reviews"Should appeal to fans of... Suzanne Collins... A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense." -- The Horn Book
About the Author
- Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Series: The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne, The Captive Kingdom, and The Shattered Castle. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Traitor's Game and its sequels,The Deceiver's Heart, and The Warrior's Curse; the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; and the critically acclaimed historical thrillers A Night Divided, Resistance, Words on Fire, Rescue, and Lines of Courage. Jennifer collects old books, loves good theater, and thinks that a quiet afternoon in the mountains makes for a nearly perfect moment. She lives in northern Utah with her family, and is probably sneaking in a bite of dark chocolate right now. You can visit her online at jennielsen.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @nielsenwriter.
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (April 24, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545682444
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545682442
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One morning Gerta wakes up to discover a wall shutting her off from her father and brother. She's left in East Berlin with her mother and her older brother, Fritz. Four years later, Gerta still can't help staring at the wall and thinking about what's on the other side. And seeing her brother and then her father for the first time in four years is exciting but also dangerous when a East German soldier spots her doing it. It's also baffling. Gerta's father is dancing? Eventually Gerta figures out what her father is trying to tell her and finds the perfect place to build a tunnel. But is it worth the risk? After Gerta's friend's brother is killed trying to escape, Gerta isn't so sure. Until it becomes clear that her family has been marked by the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, and have very little to look forward to in the future. With her brother's help, Gerta works to build the tunnel. But with so many eyes on them, is it even possible to get the tunnel built? And even if they build the tunnel, they have little time remaining before Fritz must report to the military to serve. Can they keep their secret long enough to escape? And will their mother come with them if they do?
Nielsen's written a real page-turner. I couldn't wait to find out how things turned out for Gerta and her family. Not only is this an exciting book to read but it's also eye-opening in the historical details it provides about living behind the Berlin Wall. Another great book from one of my favorite authors.
This was such an engaging, fast paced historical fiction set in a time that a lot of historical fictions aren't. I loved that it was middle grade; it was clean, not too violent, but still taught the history and showed us as the reader what it might be like to live in East Berlin at that time.
This book was so full of suspense-we are constantly reminded how dangerous what they're doing is, there's a lot of tension in whether or not they'll be caught. There were a lot of sad moments, in good ways, but the feeling of the book is hopeful and it has a very strong theme of freedom (exploring it in the context of loyalty and doing what's right). The family relationships and friendships in this are complex and beautifully portrayed. The character growth comes mostly for side characters, though the main character does learn and grow.
The one thing that nagged at me as I read is that it felt a little unbelievable that they didn't actually get caught and stopped at some point. This wasn't a huge deal and it was almost believable. I still enjoyed the book for what it was.
Overall, an excellent historical fiction for children or adults.