(Iowa Children's Choice nominee 2017-18)
Book description from Amazon.com....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?
My 25 cents...Can you imagine if your family was split because of a wall? Greta was incredibly brave and strong-willed. The only part I had a hard time comprehending was Greta being able to find "the" building her father wanted her to go (to escape) just by a drawing she received. It sounded like a very simple drawing and for her to find it seems a tad bit unbelieveable. What I found very real was the relationship between Greta and her broth Fritz, as it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine--the fought and got frustrated with each other too. This story was very suspenseful and even a little bit sad to think of the hardship this wall (really happened!) put on families back in that time in history.