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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?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on August 25, 2015 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545682428
ISBN-13: 9780545682428
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  • gymnastaussican
    gymnastaussicanSaturday, March 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm55 stars
    This was an amazing book! It's almost like you can feel Gerta's thoughts breaking through the horrible fence. I always sense that family's are what they are trying to make stand out in this book.
    • giginar9
      giginar9Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:33 am
      I love this book so far. I'm only on pg. 110. 💕
      • pepsi2055
        pepsi2055Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm55 stars
        This book is about the Berlin Wall. I recommend it for people who enjoy reading suspense, and historical fiction novels. 📖
        • antcas
          antcasThursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:23 am
          Why is it so good